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nandina

[nan-dahy-nuh, -dee-nuh]
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  1. a Chinese and Japanese evergreen shrub, Nandina domestica, of the barberry family, having pinnate leaves and bright red berries, cultivated as an ornamental.
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Also nan·din [nan-din] /ˈnæn dɪn/.

Origin of nandina

< New Latin (1781), the genus name < Japanese dialect nanden, Japanese nanten < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese nántiān(zhú); nán south + tiān heaven + zhú bamboo; see -a2
Also called heavenly bamboo, sacred bamboo.
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Historical Examples

  • All of them, when they heard this from Nandin, agreed to it.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara

    Somadeva Bhatta

  • And while the king was engaged in the fire-offering, there suddenly appeared there Nandin the prince of the host of Bhútas.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara

    Somadeva Bhatta

  • And at the end of the feast, Nandin and the others gave them all celestial garlands, robes, and ornaments.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara

    Somadeva Bhatta

  • And when he reached his hermitage, he saw and adored the cow Surabhi and the sacred bull, and approached Nandin the door-keeper.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara

    Somadeva Bhatta

  • Nandìna doméstica, the only species, and a popular shrub in the gardens of Japan, where it is called Nandin.