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  1. a coniferous tree, Cryptomeria japonica, of China and Japan, with curved needle-like leaves and small round cones: family Taxodiaceae
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from crypto- + Greek meros part; so called because the seeds are hidden by scales
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Retinospora squarrosa and Cryptomeria elegans turn bronzy red in winter.