Coontie meaning

ko͝on'tē
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.
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A tropical Floridian cycad (Zamia floridana) with underground trunks that yield a starch.
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Either of two arrowroots, Zamia integrifolia or Zamia floridana, cycadaceous plants of Florida and the West Indies, or the starch (sago) produced from these plants.
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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.
    From Wiktionary