[ kal-uh-thee-uh ]
/ ˌkæl əˈθi ə /


any of various tropical American plants of the genus Calathea, some of which have colorful, variegated leaves and are often cultivated as houseplants.

Origin of calathea

From New Latin; see origin at kalathos, -ea Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for calathea

/ (ˌkæləˈθɪə) /


any plant of the S. American perennial genus Calathea, many species of which are grown as greenhouse or house plants for their decorative variegated leaves, esp the zebra plant (C. zebrina), the leaves of which are purplish below and dark green with lighter stripes above: family Marantaceae

Word Origin for calathea

New Latin, from Greek kalathos a basket
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