Definition of maranta in English:


Syllabification: ma·ran·ta
Pronunciation: /məˈran(t)ə


1A tropical American plant of a genus that includes the prayer plant and the arrowroot.
  • Genus Maranta, family Marantaceae
More example sentences
  • 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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