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
plural -s : any of several palms formerly assigned to the genus Kentia: such as
: either of two feather palms (Howea forsteriana and H. belmoriana) from Lord Howe Island that are extensively cultivated for their ornamental foliage

Word History


New Latin, from William Kent †ab 1828 Dutch gardener and traveler in the Orient + New Latin -ia

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“Kentia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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