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.’
- ‘Scheffleras and marantas also revel in warmer, humid conditions.’
- ‘The maranta and calathea are other such plants.’
- 1.1 A calathea.
Modern Latin, named after Bartollomeo Maranta, 16th-century Italian herbalist.
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