any of a genus (Maranta) of plants of the arrowroot family, esp. a variety (M. leuconeura kerchoveana) with spotted red leaves
Origin of marantaModL, after B. Maranta (1500-71), Italian herbalist
- Any of several tropical American plants of the genus Maranta, including the arrowroot, having thin, ovate, usually spotted leaves and irregular flowers.
- An edible starch made from these plants.
Origin of marantaAfter Bartolomeo Maranta (died 1571), Italian herbalist