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dioon

[dahy-oh-on] /ˈdaɪ oʊˌɒn/
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any of several Mexican and Central American palmlike plants belonging to the genus Dioon, of the cycad family, having a crown of stiff, pinnate leaves.
Origin of dioon
< New Latin (1843) < Greek di- di-1 + ōión egg; so named because the seeds are borne in pairs
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