Definition of maranta in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈrantə/


1A tropical American plant of a genus which includes the prayer plant and the arrowroot.
  • Genus Maranta, family Marantaceae.
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 (plant).


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

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