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

Learn More About zamia

Dictionary Entries Near zamia

Zamenis

zamia

Zamiaceae

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for zamia

Cite this Entry

“Zamia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zamia. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on zamia

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about zamia

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!