zamia

/zay"mee euh/, n.
any of various plants of the genus Zamia, chiefly of tropical and subtropical America, having a short, tuberous stem and a crown of palmlike pinnate leaves.
[1810-20; < NL, misreading of L (Pliny) (nuces) azaniae (pl.) pine cone (nuts)]

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▪ plant genus
      a genus of 55 species of cycads (family Zamiaceae), small, stocky, fern-like plants native to tropical and subtropical America. They have a turniplike, mostly underground stem that in some species reaches 3 metres (10 feet) or more in height. A starchy food is obtained from the crushed roots and stems of certain species, among them coontie, or comfortroot (Z. integrifolia), found in the southeastern United States and the West Indies.

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