cal·​a·​thea | \ ˌkaləˈthēə \

Definition of calathea

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

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History and Etymology for calathea

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

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“Calathea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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