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

[After Bartolomeo Maranta (died 1571), Italian herbalist.]


(Plants) 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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Noun1.maranta - any of numerous herbs of the genus Maranta having tuberous starchy roots and large sheathing leavesmaranta - any of numerous herbs of the genus Maranta having tuberous starchy roots and large sheathing leaves
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Maranta - herbs of tropical America
American arrowroot, Maranta arundinaceae, obedience plant, arrowroot - white-flowered West Indian plant whose root yields arrowroot starch
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Extracted from the root of maranta, a tropical plant, this flavourless powder is useful for quickly thickening sauces and soups.
Estas particularidades han sido destacadas en estudios publicados sobre etnobotanica de la alimentacion de indigenas del Gran Chaco, entre los que se pueden citar los de Maranta (1987) para los wichi; el de Filipov (1996) para los pilaga; los de Arenas (1982, 2003) para los maka, qom-nachila-mole'ek y wichi-lhukutax, el de Arenas & Scarpa (2007) para los chorote y el de Martinez (2012) para los qom-bermejenos.
Earlier scholars such as Bartolomeo Maranta (who published in 1564) had explicitly associated meraviglia with the epic genre, but Maranta defines the term as a simple aesthetic pleasure; (31) Tasso draws on a newer definition developed by Longinus's early translators, ultimately defining the concept as poetic astonishment or ravishment.
indica (Cannaceae), Thalia geniculata y Maranta leuconeura (Marantaceae), la segunda de frecuente cultivo, Strelitzia nicolai y S.
Good hands created an overlap that winger Lachlan Maranta finished.
Among the species recorded and identified were in genera Caesalpinia and Melia for inflorescences Alpinia Anthurium Aster Chrysanthemum and Polyanthes and Heliconia for flowers; Alpinia Cordyline Cycas Dracaena Maranta Sansevieria for the leaves and Cyperus for the stem and the leaves.
153 Manihot esculenta Crantz 154 Maranta arundinacea L.