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zamia

Syllabification: za·mi·a
Pronunciation: /ˈzāmēə
 
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(Australian also zamia palm)

Definition of zamia in English:

noun

An American or Australian cycad, some kinds of which produce roots or seeds that are edible after careful preparation.
Example sentences
  • This eco retreat is located at one end of the gorge and is surrounded by zamia palms and open lawns.
  • Its name, incidentally, comes from the hardy and resilient zamia palm found in central Queensland.
  • A kind of damper is made from the seeds or nuts from the female plants of cycads and zamia palms.

Origin

early 19th century: modern Latin, from zamiae, misreading (in Pliny) of azaniae 'pine cones'.

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