[ muh-ran-tuh ]
/ məˈræn tə /


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

Origin of maranta

< New Latin (Linnaeus), after Bartolomeo Maranta (1500–71), Italian physician and botanist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maranta


/ (məˈræntə) /


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

Word Origin for maranta

named after Bartolomea Maranti, died 1571, Venetian botanist
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