za·​mia ˈzā-mē-ə How to pronounce zamia (audio)
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zamia was in 1819

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“Zamia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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