coontie

coontie

[koon-tee]
noun
1.
either of two arrowroots, Zamia integrifolia or Z. floridana, of Florida, having a short trunk, pinnate leaves, and cones: Z. floridana is an endangered species.
2.
the flour produced from its starch.

Origin:
1785–95, Americanism; < Florida Creek kuntí· applied to arrowroot and the starch derived therefrom, earlier (in Georgia) applied to the smilax

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

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