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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several tropical American plants of the genus Maranta, including the arrowroot, having thin, ovate, usually spotted leaves and irregular flowers.
  • n. An edible starch made from these plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of monocotyledonous plants of the natural order Zingiberaceœ, type of the tribe Maranteœ.
  • n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous herbs of the genus Maranta having tuberous starchy roots and large sheathing leaves

Etymologies

After Bartolomeo Maranta (died 1571), Italian herbalist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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