any of a genus (Zamia) of cycads growing in Florida and tropical regions, having a short, thick trunk, pinnately compound, palmlike leaves, and short, thick cones
Origin of zamiaModern Latin ; from Classical Latin zamiae (pl.), false reading in Pliny the Elder for (nuces) azaniae, pine (nuts)
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.
Origin of zamiaNew Latin Zamia, genus name, from misreading of (n&umacron;c&emacron;s) azaniae, pine cone (nuts), probably from Greek azainein, to dry up, from azein, to dry; see as- in Indo-European roots.
- Any of various cycads of the genus Zamia
- coontie, sago zamia, Jamaica sago tree, Zamia pumila - type species
From the genus name Zamia.