- the camellia, Camellia japonica, having waxy flowers in a variety of colors.
Origin of japonica
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Examples from the Web for japonica
The second popularly passes under the name of terra Japonica (Japan earth), from the old belief that it was of mineral origin.
She had plucked a japonica from a tree near by, and was mechanically pulling it to pieces as she sat with her eyes downcast.File No. 113
"And by way of dessert, he is now cropping my japonica," cried Helen, as she sprang from the room to rescue her favorite plant.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
The familiar Japanese laurel of gardens and shrubberies is Aucuba japonica.
Mrs. Grant was attired in a handsome grenadine, and wore a diamond necklace, and japonica hair adornings.Three Years on the Plains
Edmund B. Tuttle
- 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
C19: from New Latin, feminine of japonicus Japanese, from Japonia Japan
Word Origin and History for japonica
"camelia," 1819, Modern Latin, literally "Japanese," from Japonica "Japan," from Japon, variant of Japan.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper