[nan-dahy-nuh, -dee-nuh]


a Chinese and Japanese evergreen shrub, Nandina domestica, of the barberry family, having pinnate leaves and bright red berries, cultivated as an ornamental.

Also nan·din [nan-din] /ˈnæn dɪn/.

Origin of nandina

< New Latin (1781), the genus name < Japanese dialect nanden, Japanese nanten < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese nántiān(zhú); nán south + tiān heaven + zhú bamboo; see -a2
Also called heavenly bamboo, sacred bamboo. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019