Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several evergreen species 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 starch resembling arrowroot. Also called Florida arrowroot, Seminole bread.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of two arrowroots, Zamia integrifolia or Zamia floridana, cycadaceous plants of Florida and the West Indies, or the starch (sago) produced from these plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cycadaceous plant of Florida and the West Indies, the Zamia integrifolia, from the stems of which a kind of sago is prepared.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Zamia integrifolia, or arrowroot-plant of Florida, the only species of the Cycadaceæ native in the United States; also, the arrowroot produced from it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small tough woody zamia of Florida and West Indies and Cuba; roots and half-buried stems yield an arrowroot

Etymologies

Florida Creek kuntíi, arrowroot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Creek. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Plants such as coontie, plumbago, penta, flax lily, bush daisy and the ground cover, Asian jasmine, all do well with a minimum amount of care, Liakos explained.

    StAugustine.com

  • In the front, homeowner Tammy Kovar built a hill between existing palm trees and planted an understory, layering such native plants as silvery-blue saw palmettos, paurotis palms, coontie palms and Simpson's stopper shrubs.

    Giving Up On Grass

  • He had brought back a new species of orchid, several undescribed beetles, and a pocketful of coontie seed.

    In Search of the Unknown

  • Zamia (coontie), a native plant, and dune sunflowers and palms give Advanced Medical Center its native splendor.

    marconews.com Stories

  • Please pass my e-mail address to the woman who is concerned about her coontie plants, and I will pick up the caterpillars and put them on my coontie plants.

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com - South Florida Recipes

  • They only lay their eggs on the coontie plant, which was almost wiped out by urban spread itself.

    Some Cranky Guy

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  • This name rolls trippingly off my tongue.

    September 17, 2009

  • (n): common name (of probable Seminole Indian origin) of the cycad Zamia floridana. The plant is also called "coontie palm'. However, since palms are angiosperms and cycads are gymnosperms, calling a coontie a palm is a misnomer. What's in a name?

    January 1, 2009