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Arrowroot plant
 
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EtymologyEdit

arrow +‎ root, from being used on wounds from poison darts to absorb the poison.[1].

Alternatively, from Arawak aru-aru, with arrow + root being a phono-semantic matching.

NounEdit

arrowroot ‎(countable and uncountable, plural arrowroots)

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

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