Definition of maranta in English:


Syllabification: ma·ran·ta
Pronunciation: /məˈrantə


  • 1A tropical American plant of a genus that includes the prayer plant and the arrowroot.
    • Genus Maranta, family Marantaceae
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    • Officially known as marantas, prayer plants are so called because the leaves of some species fold upwards, as if in supplication to the gods.
    • Scheffleras and marantas also revel in warmer, humid conditions.
    • The maranta and calathea are other such plants.
  • 1.1A calathea.


modern Latin, named after Bartollomeo Maranta, 16th-century Italian herbalist.

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