Maranta definition

mə-răntə
Any of several tropical American plants of the genus Maranta, including the arrowroot, having thin, ovate, usually spotted leaves and irregular flowers.
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An edible starch made from these plants.
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Any of a genus (Maranta) of plants of the arrowroot family, esp. a variety (M. leuconeura kerchoveana) with spotted red leaves.
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Origin of maranta

  • After Bartolomeo Maranta (died 1571), Italian herbalist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition