[ koon-tee ]
/ ˈkun ti /


either of two arrowroots, Zamia integrifolia or Z. floridana, of Florida, having a short trunk, pinnate leaves, and cones: Z. floridana is an endangered species.
the flour produced from its starch.

Nearby words

  1. coonass,
  2. cooncan,
  3. cooner,
  4. coonhound,
  5. coonskin,
  6. coony,
  7. coop,
  8. coop.,
  9. cooper,
  10. cooper city

Origin of coontie

1785–95, Americanism; < Florida Creek kuntí· applied to arrowroot and the starch derived therefrom, earlier (in Georgia) applied to the smilax Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for coontie


/ (ˈkuːntɪ) /


an evergreen plant, Zamia floridana of S Florida, related to the cycads and having large dark green leathery leaves: family Zamiaceae
a starch derived from the underground stems of this plant

Word Origin for coontie

C19: from Seminole kunti flour from this plant

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