American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several evergreen species of the genus Zamia native to southern Florida, Mexico, and the West Indies, having compound leaves, unisexual cones, and conspicuously thickened underground stems that yield starch resembling arrowroot. Also called Florida arrowroot, Seminole bread.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Zamia integrifolia, or arrowroot-plant of Florida, the only species of the Cycadaceæ native in the United States; also, the arrowroot produced from it.
- n. Either of two arrowroots, Zamia integrifolia or Zamia floridana, cycadaceous plants of Florida and the West Indies, or the starch (sago) produced from these plants.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A cycadaceous plant of Florida and the West Indies, the Zamia integrifolia, from the stems of which a kind of sago is prepared.
- n. small tough woody zamia of Florida and West Indies and Cuba; roots and half-buried stems yield an arrowroot
- From Creek. (Wiktionary)
- Florida Creek kuntíi, arrowroot. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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