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Any of several evergreen cycads of the genus Zamia native to southern Florida, Mexico, and the West Indies, having compound leaves, unisexual cones, and conspicuously thickened underground stems that yield an edible starch.

[Florida Creek kuntí·, from earlier Creek, a species of catbrier (Smilax auriculata) whose roots were ground for use as a thickener.]


1. (Plants) an evergreen plant, Zamia floridana of S Florida, related to the cycads and having large dark green leathery leaves: family Zamiaceae
2. (Biochemistry) a starch derived from the underground stems of this plant
[C19: from Seminole kunti flour from this plant]


(ˈkun ti)

1. either of two arrowroots, Zamia integrifolia or Z. floridana, of Florida, having a short trunk, pinnate leaves, and cones.
2. flour produced from coontie starch.
[1785–95, Amer.; < Florida Creek kuntí·]
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Noun1.coontie - small tough woody zamia of Florida and West Indies and Cuba; roots and half-buried stems yield an arrowroot
zamia - any of various cycads of the genus Zamia; among the smallest and most verdant cycads
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