Definition of maranta in English:

maranta

noun

  • 1A tropical American plant of a genus which includes the prayer plant and the arrowroot.

    • ‘Officially known as marantas, prayer plants are so called because the leaves of some species fold upwards, as if in supplication to the gods.’
    • ‘The maranta and calathea are other such plants.’
    • ‘Scheffleras and marantas also revel in warmer, humid conditions.’
    1. 1.1 A calathea.

Origin

Modern Latin, named after Bartollomeo Maranta, 16th-century Italian herbalist.

Pronunciation

maranta

/məˈran(t)ə/