[ ker-ee-uh ]

  1. a yellow-flowered shrub, Kerria japonica, of the rose family, native to eastern Asia and widely cultivated as an ornamental.

Origin of kerria

First recorded in 1815–25; from New Latin, named in honor of William Kerr (died 1814), English gardener, who collected plants in South and East Asia ; see -ia

Words Nearby kerria Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kerria in a sentence

  • Upon the wall by the vinery a Corchorus (kerria) japonica is laden with wreaths of golden blossom.

    A Year in a Lancashire Garden | Henry Arthur Bright
  • The only genera in this tribe which contain well-known plants are Spira and kerria.

    Botany for Ladies | Jane Loudon
  • It has very clean white flowers, and from appearances looks as though a cross with kerria might be successful.