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arrowroot

Syllabification: ar·row·root
Pronunciation: /ˈarōˌro͞ot, -ˌro͝ot
 
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Definition of arrowroot in English:

noun

1A West Indian herbaceous plant from which a starch is prepared.
  • Maranta arundinacea, family Marantaceae
Example sentences
  • Indian / South Sea / Polynesian / Tahiti / Hawaii arrowroots are from Tacca leontopetaloides (or, possibly, close relations) One Hawaiian name is pi (not the same as the better-known poi, which is a starch made from taro).
  • From 1879 he grew trial crops of coffee, sugar cane, tobacco, arrowroot, rice, peanuts, tea, cotton and other tropical crops.
  • Local staples include breadfruit, arrowroot, pandanus, and taro, and are now supplemented with imported rice, flour, and sugar.
1.1The fine-grained starch obtained from the arrowroot, used in cooking and medicine.
Example sentences
  • Competitors, using formulae whose ingredients included arrowroot, sago flour, or potato starch, coloured with turmeric or chrome yellow, and flavoured with cassia or bitter almonds, also entered the market.
  • And the list goes on, guinea pepper, aniseed and ginger for gas in the stomach, arrowroot, green tea and lime to stop diarrhoea.
  • A traditional stabilizer used to be arrowroot, but now agar-agar, carrageen, starches, gelatin, or even pectin are common natural-based stabilizers.

Origin

late 17th century: alteration of Arawak aru-aru (literally 'meal of meals') by association with arrow and root1, the tubers being used to absorb poison from arrow wounds.

Words that rhyme with arrowroot

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