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.
Any of a genus (Maranta) of plants of the arrowroot family, esp. a variety (M. leuconeura kerchoveana) with spotted red leaves.
Origin of maranta
- After Bartolomeo Maranta (died 1571), Italian herbalist
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition