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

Nearby words

  1. kerplunk,
  2. kerr,
  3. kerr cell,
  4. kerr effect,
  5. kerr, clark,
  6. kerrville,
  7. kerry,
  8. kerry blue terrier,
  9. kerry hill,
  10. kersey

Compare jetbead.

Origin of kerria

1815–25; < New Latin, named in honor of William Kerr (died 1814), English gardener, who collected plants in South Asia and the Far East; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kerria

  • The only genera in this tribe which contain well-known plants are Spira and Kerria.

    Botany for Ladies|Jane Loudon
  • 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