Definition of kentia
1 capitalized : a genus of pinnate-leaved palms that are natives of Australia and the East Indies and have spadices with angled branchlets and flowers with six stamens
2 plural -s : any of several palms formerly assigned to the genus Kentia: such as a : either of two feather palms (Howea forsteriana and H. belmoriana) from Lord Howe Island that are extensively cultivated for their ornamental foliage b : umbrella palm 1
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Origin and Etymology of kentia
New Latin, from William Kent †ab 1828 Dutch gardener and traveler in the Orient + New Latin -ia
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