A west Indian plant of the genus Maranta, esp. M. arundinacea, now cultivated in many hot countries. It said that the Indians used the roots to neutralize the venom in wounds made by poisoned arrows.
- A starch obtained from the rhizomes of a tropical American perennial herb (Maranta arundinacea). It is used especially in cooking as a thickener.
- The rhizome of this plant, cooked and eaten as a vegetable or used for starch extraction.
- The plant itself.
- The edible starch obtained from the rhizomes or tubers of plants in the genera Canna and Tacca.
- Any of these plants.