ar·​row·​root | \ ˈer-ō-ˌrüt How to pronounce arrowroot (audio) , -ˌru̇t, ˈer-ə-, ˈa-rō-, ˈa-rə- \

Definition of arrowroot

1a : any of a genus (Maranta of the family Marantaceae, the arrowroot family) of tropical American plants with tuberous roots especially : one (M. arundinacea) whose roots yield an easily digested edible starch
b : any of several plants (such as coontie) that yield starch
2 : starch yielded by an arrowroot

Examples of arrowroot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Start by dissolving it in cold water (a one-to-one ratio of arrowroot powder to cornstarch should do the trick) before slowly adding to room-temperature sauces. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 13 June 2022 Formulated with Seventh Generation’s five-ingredient odor-control complex, including arrowroot powder, this deodorant delivers 24 hours of odor control and long-lasting nourishment. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 June 2022 The clean, vegan, and cruelty-free formula is infused with natural botanicals such as arrowroot and matcha. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 May 2022 In Pretty Frank’s Charcoal Seaside deodorant jar, arrowroot powder and baking soda absorb moisture and odor. Corey Buhay, Outside Online, 23 Jan. 2020 But the crackers are still made by hand by her factory crew—largely refugees from countries such as Afghanistan and Somalia—who scoop the arrowroot and seed dough onto sheets and flatten it with rolling pins. Anne Kadet, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2021 To make a homemade version, whir 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder in a food processor until finely ground to powder. Casey Barber, CNN, 12 Dec. 2021 The active ingredients to block odor are mandelic acid derived from almonds and arrowroot powder to absorb sweat. Patricia Fox, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2021 When scraped, arrowroot flesh looks uncannily like snow. New York Times, 2 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of arrowroot

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for arrowroot

arrow entry 1 + root entry 1

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The first known use of arrowroot was in 1681

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27 Jun 2022

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“Arrowroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for arrowroot


ar·​row·​root | \ ˈer-ō-ˌrüt, -ˌru̇t \

Kids Definition of arrowroot

: an edible starch obtained from the roots of a tropical plant


ar·​row·​root | \ ˈar-ō-ˌrüt, ˈar-ə-, -ˌru̇t How to pronounce arrowroot (audio) \

Medical Definition of arrowroot

1a : any plant of the genus Maranta especially : one (M. arundinacea) whose roots yield an easily digested edible starch
b : any of several plants (as of the genera Zamia and Curcuma) that yield a similar starch
2 : starch yielded by an arrowroot

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