[ juh-pon-i-kuh ]
/ dʒəˈpɒn ɪ kə /


the camellia, Camellia japonica, having waxy flowers in a variety of colors.

Origin of japonica

1810–20; < New Latin, equivalent to Japon(ia) Japan + -ica, feminine of -icus -ic
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/ (dʒəˈpɒnɪkə) /


Also called: Japanese quince, flowering quince a Japanese rosaceous shrub, Chaenomeles japonica, cultivated for its red flowers and yellowish fruit
another name for the camellia

Word Origin for japonica

C19: from New Latin, feminine of japonicus Japanese, from Japonia Japan
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