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

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Recent Examples on the Web Cornstarch, tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour), arrowroot, potato starch and plain old wheat flour are typical options. Washington Post, "A guide to cornstarch, tapioca, potato starch and other thickeners," 22 Feb. 2021 Add the dissolved arrowroot to the oil and garlic, whisking continuously to prevent clumping. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole," 30 Dec. 2020 In a small bowl, whisk the arrowroot powder with 2 tablespoons of water. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Alfredo Cauliflower Casserole," 30 Dec. 2020 Another part of the forest has been set aside to grow arrowroot trees. Peter Yeung, Los Angeles Times, "In Central Africa, villages join an experiment to save the world’s second-largest rainforest," 7 Dec. 2020 Toss to evenly coat, then add the arrowroot and toss again. Dallas News, "How Dallas’s Alex Snodgrass of The Defined Dish became a Whole30 star and bestselling cookbook author," 29 Apr. 2020 Beauty products include deodorant cream made with local California sagebrush and arrowroot, as well as the cleansing version of your favorite latte: a golden milk soap saponified with raw goat milk, turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, and ginger. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Ditch the Plastic Packaging: 6 Refill Stores for Kitchen, Bath, and Home," 10 Feb. 2020 In large mixing bowl, whisk dry ingredients (almond flour, arrowroot, salt, garlic powder and baking soda). Lauren Joskowitz, USA TODAY, "How to make Red Lobster's cheddar biscuits at home," 1 Nov. 2019 Some people want to know how folks in the Middle Ages brushed their teeth; others want to know how to extract starch from tubers like sweet potatoes and arrowroot or how to restore a coffee percolator, an old radio, or a pair of leather shoes. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old Timey YouTube," 25 June 2019

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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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“Arrowroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of arrowroot

: a powdery substance that is made from the root of a tropical plant and that is used in cooking to make liquids thicker


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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