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.
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How to use zamia in a sentence
What I call the umbrella palm, but what they call here the cabbage palm—a sort of zamia alsophila—grew abundantly in groups.The Last Voyage | Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
And so, provisionally at least, this Helmsdale zamia may be regarded as specifically new.The Testimony of the Rocks | Hugh Miller
Kaiber here brought in some of the nuts of the zamia tree; they were dry and therefore in a fit state to eat.
On passing the last, the party emerged on to poorly grassed, desolate-looking sandstone ridges, covered with grass-tree and zamia.The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine | Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
Many of the plants speak the same language—especially the zamia.The Bushman | Edward Wilson Landor
British Dictionary definitions for zamia
any cycadaceous plant of the genus Zamia, of tropical and subtropical America, having a short thick trunk, palmlike leaves, and short stout cones
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