Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An old order of plants, typified by the genus Maranta, now included in the natural order Zingiberaceæ, and nearly equivalent to the two tribes Maranteæ and Canneæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun A natural family of tropical perennial herbs with usually starchy rhizomes, including the arrowroot; the arrowroot family.

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

  • noun tropical perennial herbs with usually starchy rhizomes

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Examples

  • The herbaceous layer is composed principally of Marantaceae and Mapania spp.

    Dja Faunal Reserve, Cameroon

  • The forest floor number is covered by a number of small palms (Eremospatha and Podococcus spp.) and by members of the Marantaceae and Zingiberaceae.

    Niger Delta swamp forests

  • A strong component of monocots in the Heliconiaceae, Zingiberaceae, and Marantaceae dominate parts of the understory, along with palms and epiphytes.

    Iquitos varzea

  • The understory is dominated by shrubs of Aphelandra micans, Besleria disgrega, Psycotria macrophylla, and Hoffmannia apodantha, together with large colonies of giant herbs such as Musaceae (Heliconia bihai, H. revoluta), Araceae (Dieffenbachia maculata), Marantaceae, and many ferns.

    Cordillera La Costa montane forests

  • Marantaceae should be prevented by these storms to assume their usual nocturnal position, just when nocturnal radiation was most to be feared.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2

  • To make their rods, the chimps first picked some stems from the Marantaceae plant and plucked off the leaves.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • (Marantaceae) seeds by carnivorous ponerines (Formicidae) in a tropical rain forest.

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • To make their rods, the chimps first picked some stems from the Marantaceae plant and plucked off the leaves.

    British Blogs

  • To make their rods, the chimps first picked some stems from the Marantaceae plant and plucked off the leaves.

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • To make their rods, the chimps first picked some stems from the Marantaceae plant and plucked off the leaves.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

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