zamia

noun
za·​mia | \ ˈzā-mē-ə How to pronounce zamia (audio) \

Definition of zamia

: any of a genus (Zamia of the family Zamiaceae) of American cycads with a short thick woody base, a crown of palmlike leaves, and oblong cones

First Known Use of zamia

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zamia

New Latin, from Latin zamiae nuces, false manuscript reading for azaniae nuces pine nuts

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“Zamia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zamia. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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