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Zamia meaning

zamia - 1 dictionary results

  1. 1. A genus of cycadaceous plants, having the appearance of low palms, but with exogenous wood. See Coontie, and Illust. of Strobile.

zamia - examples of usage

  1. 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.
  2. They had the " Caffir bread"- the inside pith of the stems of a species of Zamia; and the " Caffir chestnut," the fruit of the Brabeium stellatum; and last, not least, the enormous roots of the " elephant's foot." - "Popular Adventure Tales", Mayne Reid.
  3. From the facts above described we may infer, first, that those beds of the Upper Oolite, called " the Portland," which are full of marine shells, were overspread with fluviatile mud, which became dry land, and covered by a forest, throughout a portion of the space now occupied by the south of England, the climate being such as to permit the growth of the Zamia and Cycas. - "The Student's Elements of Geology", Sir Charles Lyell.
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