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 Te tai-uka-a-pia — which means like the arrowroot, the paper says. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 11 June 2021 Generously grease a 9-inch Bundt pan with ghee and coat with arrowroot powder, shaking to discard any excess. Meggen Taylor, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Cornstarch, tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour), arrowroot, potato starch and plain old wheat flour are typical options. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2021 Add the dissolved arrowroot to the oil and garlic, whisking continuously to prevent clumping. Paul Stephen,, 30 Dec. 2020 In a small bowl, whisk the arrowroot powder with 2 tablespoons of water. Paul Stephen,, 30 Dec. 2020 Another part of the forest has been set aside to grow arrowroot trees. Peter Yeung, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2020 Toss to evenly coat, then add the arrowroot and toss again. Dallas News, 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, 10 Feb. 2020

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Arrowroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 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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