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Any of various chiefly tropical American cycads of the genus Zamia, having a thick, usually underground stem, palmlike terminal leaves, and seeds borne in woody cones.

[New Latin Zamia, genus name, from misreading of (nūcēs) azāniae, pine cone (nuts), probably from Greek azainein, to dry up, from azein, to dry; see as- in Indo-European roots.]


(Plants) any cycadaceous plant of the genus Zamia, of tropical and subtropical America, having a short thick trunk, palmlike leaves, and short stout cones
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin zamiae, erroneous reading of phrase nucēs azāniae pine cones, probably from Greek azainein to dry up]


(ˈzeɪ mi ə)

n., pl. -mi•as.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zamia - any of various cycads of the genus Zamiazamia - any of various cycads of the genus Zamia; among the smallest and most verdant cycads
cycad - any tropical gymnosperm of the order Cycadales; having unbranched stems with a crown of fernlike leaves
genus Zamia - genus of small evergreen tropical and subtropical American cycads
coontie, Florida arrowroot, Seminole bread, Zamia pumila - small tough woody zamia of Florida and West Indies and Cuba; roots and half-buried stems yield an arrowroot
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According to the report, the first mishap took place in Karor Lal Esan district of Layyah where the woman sprayed petrol over the stove to ignite it however; it burst into flames and scorched two-year-old Zamia sitting near stove.
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Included studies after full-text evaluation Author name Number Positive Year of Year of of cases cases publication project Zamia [3] 50 4 2013 2012 Mirfakhraie [11] 100 12 2010 2008-2009 Saliminejad [13] 115 2 2012 2009-2010 Malekasgar [14] 50 26 2008 -- Konar [15] 84 12 2013 -- Torfeh [16] 100 4 2012 2008-2009 Omrani [17] 99 24 2006 2001-2003 Sheikhha [18] 25 5 2013 2011 Asbagh [19] 40 2 2003 -- Akbarzadeh [20] 94 48 2013 -- Etemadi [21] 56 1 2013 2008-2009 Kalantar [22] 90 8 -- -- Keshvari [23] 47 4 2011 2008-9 Author name City Province Average age Zamia [3] Yazd Yazd -- Mirfakhraie [11] Tehran Tehran 32.
O 1 III Shrub layer Ocotea coriacea -- 1 V Savia bahamensis -- 1 V Celtis trinervia -- 1 IV Hyperbaena paucinervis -- 1 IV Herbaceous layer Agave underwoodii -- 3 V Hohenbergia penduliflora -- 3 V Tillandsia fasciculata -- 3 V Oplonia tetrasticha -- 2 V Pilosocereus brooksianus -- 1 V Philodendron lacerum -- 1 V Selenicerus grandiflorus -- 1 V Epidendrum nocturnum -- 1 V Grisebachianthus plucheoides -- 1 IV Zamia angustifolia -- 1 IV Vanilla sp.
Over the next ten years, she produced a series of portraits set against the river and the Indian Ocean, and pursued an analysis of plant forms such as the zamia palm, xanthorrhoea, banksia, and the majestic melaleuca, to brilliant effect.
Further north the country was populated with grass trees, zamia palms, and "scattered marri, wandoo and mallee gums" (Garimara 89).
Two new species of Zamia (Zamiaceae, Cycadales) from Southern Mexico.
Other award winners were Zamia Bushaj, of Foxford School, with her French meal, Coundon Court pupil Tyler Ferrington with his contemporary light and Joseph Stevens, of Cardinal Wiseman, with his solar powered cooler.
Sur une espece nouvelle de Zamia des Indes Occidentales, introduite dans l'etablissement.