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.
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- n. any of numerous herbs of the genus Maranta having tuberous starchy roots and large sheathing leaves
His wife said that his smoking had killed her red-veined maranta.
Then the massive comb itself, great cavities of thick honey, poured onto maranta leaves and carried home to the children.
The leaf of the pond lily, lotus, canna, maranta, rubber tree, magnolia, camellia, orange, and all leaves which have a waxy surface, should either be varnished or bronzed.
* It is probably a maranta, or a heliconia; its leaves are large and shining; it reaches the height of fourteen or fifteen feet, and its succulent stalks grow near one another like the stems of the reeds found in the humid regions of the south of Europe.
Their wealth consists in land and cattle; their dwellings are generally of reeds, their beds are mats made of _Asouman_ (maranta juncea) and leopards 'skins; and their cloathing broad pieces of cotton.
The heliconia, costus, maranta, and other plants of the family of the balisiers (Canna indica), which near the coasts vegetate only in damp and low places, flourish in the American Alps at considerable height.
a maranta, or a heliconia; its leaves are large and shining; it reaches the height of fourteen or fifteen feet, and its succulent stalks grow near one another like the stems of the reeds found in the humid regions of the south of Europe.