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a coniferous tree, Cryptomeria japonica, of China and Japan, with curved needle-like leaves and small round cones: family Taxodiaceae
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from crypto- + Greek meros part; so called because the seeds are hidden by scales
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  • The cryptomeria at one of the shrines I visited were of great age.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Moreover, on his body grows moss, together with the fir and the cryptomeria of the forest.

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    Grace James
  • The ceilings were panels of cryptomeria, and without either paint or varnish, were beautiful enough for a prince's palace.

  • The journey to Niko by rail is most diversified, shaded for miles by the cryptomeria trees.

    My Trip Around the World Eleonora Hunt
  • Retinospora squarrosa and cryptomeria elegans turn bronzy red in winter.

  • We have seen nothing to compare, in uniformity and distance, with the two rows of cryptomeria at and below Nikko.

  • The Japanese cedar (cryptomeria japonica) is a kind of cypress, the wood of which is very durable.

  • On the top of the bank a cryptomeria threw a dark shadow, and a plum-tree near it was a mass of snowy white bloom.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
  • Even the religious grandeur of Nikko's cryptomeria aisles was incomparable to this.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
  • The subject for competition in the year in which the landowner had been successful was, "The cryptomeria in a temple court."

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott

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