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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various chiefly tropical American cycads of the genus Zamia, having a thick, usually underground trunk, palmlike terminal leaves, and seeds borne in woody cones.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various cycads of the genus Zamia

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of cycadaceous plants, having the appearance of low palms, but with exogenous wood. See coontie, and Illust. of strobile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gymnospermous plants, of the order Cycadaceæ, type of the tribe Zamieæ.
  • n. [l. c] A plant of this genus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various cycads of the genus Zamia; among the smallest and most verdant cycads

Etymologies

New Latin Zamia, genus name, from misreading of (nūcēs) azāniae, pine cone (nuts), probably from Greek azainein, to dry up, from azein, to dry; see as- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name Zamia. (Wiktionary)

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