Origin: ModL < L zamiae (pl.), false reading in Pliny the Elder for (nuces) azaniae, pine (nuts)
See zamia in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: New Latin Zamia, genus name
Origin: , from misreading of (nūcēs) azāniae, pine cone (nuts)
Origin: , probably from Greek azainein, to dry up
Origin: , from azein, to dry; see as- in Indo-European roots.