arrowroot

noun ar·row·root \ -ˌrüt , -ˌru̇t \

Definition of arrowroot

1 a :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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First Known Use of arrowroot

1696


ARROWROOT Defined for English Language Learners

arrowroot

noun

Definition of arrowroot for English Language Learners

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


ARROWROOT Defined for Kids

arrowroot

noun ar·row·root \ ˈer-ō-ˌrüt , -ˌru̇t \

Definition of arrowroot for Students

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

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arrowroot

noun ar·row·root \ ˈar-ō-ˌrüt, ˈar-ə-, -ˌru̇t \

medical Definition of arrowroot

1 a :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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