Definition of maranta in English:

maranta

Line breaks: ma|ranta
Pronunciation: /məˈrantə
 
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noun

  • 1A tropical American plant of a genus which 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 (plant).

Origin

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

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