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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • noun Any of various cycads of the genus Zamia

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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From the genus name Zamia.

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