Definition of Arrowroot

1. Noun. A nutritive starch obtained from the root of the arrowroot plant.

Generic synonyms: Amylum, Starch



2. Noun. White-flowered West Indian plant whose root yields arrowroot starch.

3. Noun. Canna grown especially for its edible rootstock from which arrowroot starch is obtained.
Exact synonyms: Achira, Canna Edulis, Canna Indica, Indian Shot
Generic synonyms: Canna

Definition of Arrowroot

1. n. A west Indian plant of the genus Maranta, esp. M. arundinacea, now cultivated in many hot countries. It said that the Indians used the roots to neutralize the venom in wounds made by poisoned arrows.

Definition of Arrowroot

1. Noun. A large perennial herb (''Maranta arundinacea'' - Family Marantaceae) native to the Caribbean area. It has large green leaves about 15 centimeters long with white stripes. ¹

2. Noun. A starchy substance obtained from the roots of the arrowroot plant used as a thickener. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Arrowroot

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Medical Definition of Arrowroot

1. 1. A west Indian plant of the genus Maranta, especially. M. Arundinacea, now cultivated in many hot countries. It said that the Indians used the roots to neutralize the venom in wounds made by poisoned arrows. 2. A nutritive starch obtained from the rootstocks of Maranta arundinacea, and used as food, especially. For children an invalids; also, a similar starch obtained from other plants, as various species of Maranta and Curcuma. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Arrowroot

arrow worms
arrowe
arrowed
arrowes
arrowhead
arrowheaded
arrowheads
arrowing
arrowleaf
arrowleaf groundse
arrowleaf groundsel
arrowless
arrowlike
arrowroot (current term)
arrowroot family
arrowroots
arrows
arrowslit
arrowslits
arrowsmith
arrowsmiths
arrowwood
arrowwoods
arrowworm
arrowworms
arrowy
arroyo
arroyo willow

Literary usage of Arrowroot

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1. Food and the principles of dietetics by Robert Hutchison (1906)
"TAPIOCA, SAGO AND arrowroot. These are to be regarded simply as special forms of starch. ... arrowroot is obtained from the rhizome of a West Indian plant ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The arrowroot may be separated on a small scale in the same manner as potato-starch is ... On a large scale the manufacture of arrowroot is conducted with ..."

3. Adulterations Detected; Or, Plain Instructions for the Discovery of Frauds by Arthur Hill Hassall (1857)
"With these particulars the public at large is but ill acquainted. Attending this enlarged use of the word arrowroot are certain disadvantages. ..."

4. Handbook of Practical Botany for the Botanical Laboratory and Private Student by Eduard Strasburger (1887)
"Genuine East-Indian arrowroot shows in its grains a very excentric structure (Fig. ... Starch-grains from the commercial East-Indian arrowroot (from the ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"arrowroot. A large proportion of the edible starches obtained from the rhizomes or root-stocks of various plants are known in commerce under the name of ..."

6. The Boston Cooking-school Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer (1896)
"Mix arrowroot with cold water to form a thin paste. Add to boiling water and cook ten minutes. ... arrowroot is the purest form of starch. Farina Gruel. ..."

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