• WordNet 3.6
    • n arrowroot canna grown especially for its edible rootstock from which arrowroot starch is obtained
    • n arrowroot white-flowered West Indian plant whose root yields arrowroot starch
    • n arrowroot a nutritive starch obtained from the root of the arrowroot plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Arrowroot, an antidote for poisoned arrows, is used as a thickener in cooking.
    • Arrowroot A nutritive starch obtained from the rootstocks of Maranta arundinacea, and used as food, esp. for children an invalids; also, a similar starch obtained from other plants, as various species of Maranta and Curcuma.
    • Arrowroot (Bot) A white-flowered west Indian plant of the genus Maranta, esp. Maranta arundinacea, now cultivated in many hot countries. Its root yields arrowroot starch. It said that the Indians used the roots to neutralize the venom in wounds made by poisoned arrows.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n arrowroot A starch obtained from the horizontal rhizomes of several species of Maranta. It is much used as food and for other purposes, and is obtained from the West Indies. The species from which arrowroot is most commonly made is M. arundinacea, hence called the arrowroot-plant. Other starches than that of Maranta are occasionally sold under the name of arrowroot. Brazilian arrowroot, or tapioca-meal, more usually known as cassava, is obtained from the fleshy root of Manihot utilissima, after the poisonous juice has been removed; East Indian arrowroot, from the large root-stocks of Curcuma angustifolia; Chinese arrowroot, from the creeping rhizomes of Nelumbium speciosum; English arrowroot, from the potato; Portland arrowroot, from the corms of Arum maculatum; and Oswego arrowroot, from Indian corn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Arrowroot ar′rō-rōōt a starch obtained from the roots of certain plants growing chiefly in West Indies, and much used as food for invalids and children.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Said to be so named because used by the Indians of South America as an antidote against wounds caused by poisoned arrows.


In literature:

Amanda was standing at the stove stirring his arrowroot gruel.
"Ladies-In-Waiting" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The old lady who lived in the room was constantly having all kinds of invalid messes, arrowroot, gruel, etc.
"Harper's Young People, November 25, 1879" by Various
Much of the difficulty experienced in giving powders arises from their being mixed with the arrowroot or jam in which they are administered.
"The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases" by Charles West, M.D.
If arrowroot is not handy use cornstarch.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
If she had a mind for arrowroot, Mrs. Toff would make it herself and suggest a thimbleful of brandy in it with her most coaxing words.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
I was still ill, for there was brought me to my bed at nights, a cup of arrowroot.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
You may tell them that he takes mutton chops for dinner, and the best of arrowroot for supper.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Keziah stayed late enough to see all arranged for the night, ending with a more or less successful effort to get old Maisie to swallow arrowroot.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
An airing in the Hartfield carriage would have been the rack, and arrowroot from the Hartfield storeroom must have been poison.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
This is a little arrowroot, of which I hope Miss Livvy will be so obliging as to partake.
"Quality Street" by J. M. Barrie

In poetry:

And sympathetic gaolers would remark, "It's very true,
He ain't been brought up common, like the likes of me and you."
So they took him into hospital, and gave him mutton chops,
And chocolate, and arrowroot, and buns, and malt and hops.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Cornstarch instead of arrowroot starch.
After testing cornstarch, flour, tapioca, and arrowroot, we found that the samples of fruit thickened with the root starches, arrowroot and tapioca, were clear and bright in appearance and had the clearest fruit flavor.
Most gravies are thickened with flour made from grain, though other starches, such as arrowroot, can be used.
Place pears in a large bowl with cranberries, nutmeg, arrowroot, orange zest (if using), and ¼ cup agave.