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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  1. fatly,
  2. fatness,
  3. fats,
  4. fatshan,
  5. fatshedera,
  6. fatso,
  7. fatstock,
  8. fatted calf,
  9. fatted calf, kill the,
  10. fatten

Origin of fatsia

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

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

Word Origin for fatsia

New Latin, from the Japanese name

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