maranta

maranta

[muh-ran-tuh]
noun
any of several tropical American plants of the genus Maranta, including arrowroot and several species cultivated as ornamentals for their variegated foliage.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), after Bartolomeo Maranta (1500–71), Italian physician and botanist

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maranta (məˈræntə)
 
n
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
 
[named after Bartolomea Maranti, died 1571, Venetian botanist]

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