A starch obtained from the tubers of the Maranta arundinacea plant native to Florida, the West Indies and Central America. Arrowroot starch is used as a binder and adhesive. In the mid 1850s, arrowroot starch was used as a binder in salted photographic papers. It produced a bright image with a good density range and high resolution.
See arrowroot paper.
Synonyms and Related Terms
maranta; Maranta arundinacea; arrow-root (Br.); fécule de marante (Fr.); almidón de arruruz (Esp.); almidón de raiz de flecha (Esp.)
Swellable in hot water. Reacts with a iodine/potassium iodide solution to give a positive purple color
Hazards and Safety
Susceptible to biodeterioration. Dried films become brittle with age.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 768
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- Book and Paper Group, Paper Conservation Catalog, AIC, 1984, 1989
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: arrowroot