calathea

noun

cal·​a·​thea
ˌkaləˈthēə
1
capitalized : a genus of chiefly tropical American herbs (family Marantaceae) having showily marked basal leaves and small flowers in clusters on short stems and used as foliage plants
2
plural -s : any plant of the genus Calathea

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, irregular from Latin calathus basket shaped like a flower, from Greek kalathos

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“Calathea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calathea. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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