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

1810–20; < New Latin, equivalent to Japon(ia) Japan + -ica, feminine of -icus -ic
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  1. Also called: Japanese quince, flowering quince a Japanese rosaceous shrub, Chaenomeles japonica, cultivated for its red flowers and yellowish fruit
  2. another name for the camellia
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Word Origin for japonica

C19: from New Latin, feminine of japonicus Japanese, from Japonia Japan
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Word Origin and History for japonica


"camelia," 1819, Modern Latin, literally "Japanese," from Japonica "Japan," from Japon, variant of Japan.

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