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 (nūcēs) azāniae 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.