arrowroot starch
Arrowroot Ar"row*root`, n. 1. (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.

Syn: arrowroot, American arrowroot, obedience plant. [1913 Webster]

2. 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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • arrowroot — Maranta Ma*ran ta, prop. n. [NL.] (Bot.) A genus of endogenous plants found in tropical America, and some species also in India. They have tuberous roots containing a large amount of starch, and from one species ({Maranta arundinacea}, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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