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
Origin and Etymology of zamia
New Latin, from Latin zamiae nuces, false manuscript reading for azaniae nuces pine nuts
First Known Use: 1819See Words from the same year
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