kentia

noun ken·tia \ ˈkentēə \

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

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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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