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  1. a shrub or small tree, Fatsia japonica, of the ginseng family, having large, glossy, palmately compound leaves and often grown as a houseplant.
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Origin of fatsia

< New Latin, perhaps irregular < Japanese yatsude the name of the plant
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Historical Examples of fatsia

  • It is the pith of the large-leaved bush-like Fatsia papyrifera, Benth.

    Three Years in Western China

    Alexander Hosie

British Dictionary definitions for fatsia


  1. any shrub of the araliaceous genus Fatsia, esp F. japonica, with large deeply palmate leaves and umbels of white flowers
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Word Origin for fatsia

New Latin, from the Japanese name
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