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

  • n. Any of various tropical American evergreen plants of the genus Calathea widely cultivated indoors for their attractively marked leaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of perennial foliage-plants, of the family Marantaceæ, which are commonly cultivated as marantas, from which they differ in having a three-seeded instead of a one-seeded fruit.

Etymologies

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

New Latin calathea, genus name, from Latin calathus, basket; see calathus.

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