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maranta

[ muh-ran-tuh ]

noun

  1. any of several tropical American plants of the genus Maranta, including arrowroot and several species cultivated as ornamentals for their variegated foliage.


maranta

/ məˈræntə /

noun

  1. any plant of the tropical American rhizomatous genus Maranta, some species of which are grown as pot plants for their showy leaves in variegated shades of green: family Marantaceae


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Word History and Origins

Origin of maranta1

< New Latin (Linnaeus), after Bartolomeo Maranta (1500–71), Italian physician and botanist

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Word History and Origins

Origin of maranta1

named after Bartolomea Maranti, died 1571, Venetian botanist

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Example Sentences

Out of thirty-six more or less known species of the genus Maranta, thirty at least are of American origin.

Maranta had studied in the private gardens formed by Pinelli at Naples.

Most of the arrow-root, the fecula of the Maranta arudinacea, sold by druggists, is a mixture of potatoe starch and arrow-root.

Others of more or less value are species of arrowroot (Maranta) and ginger (Zingiber).

Ten of the mixtures contained scarcely a particle of the genuine Maranta or West India arrowroot, for which they were sold.

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