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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Arrowroot  \Ar"row*root`\,  n. 
  1.  (Bot.)  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. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  arrowroot 
  n  1:  a  nutritive  starch  obtained  from  the  root  of  the  arrowroot 
  plant 
  2:  white-flowered  West  Indian  plant  whose  root  yields  arrowroot 
  starch  [syn:  {American  arrowroot},  {obedience  plant},  {Maranta 
  arundinaceae}] 
  3:  canna  grown  especially  for  its  edible  rootstock  from  which 
  arrowroot  starch  is  obtained  [syn:  {achira},  {indian  shot}, 
  {Canna  indica},  {Canna  edulis}] 




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