Any of several evergreen cycads of the genus Zamia native to southern Florida, Mexico, and the West Indies, having compound leaves, unisexual cones, and conspicuously thickened underground stems that yield an edible starch.
A tropical Floridian cycad (Zamia floridana) with underground trunks that yield a starch.
Origin of coontie
- Florida Creek kuntí· from earlier Creek a species of catbrier (Smilax auriculata) whose roots were ground for use as a thickener
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Creek.