calathea

calathea

[kal-uh-thee-uh]
noun
any of various tropical American plants of the genus Calathea, some of which have colorful, variegated leaves and are often cultivated as houseplants.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin; see kalathos, -ea

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calathea (ˌkæləˈθɪə)
 
n
any plant of the S. American perennial genus Calathea, many species of which are grown as greenhouse or house plants for their decorative variegated leaves, esp the zebra plant (C. zebrina), the leaves of which are purplish below and dark green with lighter stripes above: family Marantaceae
 
[New Latin, from Greek kalathos a basket]

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