prayer plant

noun

plural prayer plants
: a maranta (Maranta leuconeura of the family Marantaceae, the prayer plant or arrowroot family) that is native to Brazil and has several varieties (such as M. leuconeura var. kerchoveana and M. leuconeura var. erythroneura) that are widely grown as houseplants for their ornamentally patterned oval leaves that turn upward in evening
The red-veined prayer plant has a herringbone design of red veins over light to olive green leaf surfaces and silvery green along the center vein. Georgia Tasker
The leaves of the prayer plant bend up at nightfall, resembling hands clasped in prayer. Barbara Arnold
Prayer plants have striking leaves, with brightly colored veins (usually red or yellow). Lesley Chan

Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prayer plant was in 1941

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“Prayer plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prayer%20plant. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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