kentia

noun ken·tia \ˈkentēə\

Definition of kentia

  1. 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. 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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