1A tropical American plant of a genus which includes the prayer plant and the arrowroot.
Genus Maranta, family Marantaceae‘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.’
- 1.1A calathea (plant).
Modern Latin, named after Bartollomeo Maranta, 16th-century Italian herbalist.
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