[ skim-ee-uh ]
/ ˈskɪm i ə /


any Asian evergreen shrub belonging to the genus Skimmia, of the rue family, having simple, alternate leaves, clusters of small, white flowers, and a red, berrylike fruit, grown as an ornamental.

Origin of skimmia

Borrowed into English from New Latin around 1865–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for skimmia

/ (ˈskɪmɪə) /


any rutaceous shrub of the S and SE Asian genus Skimmia, grown for their ornamental red berries and evergreen foliage

Word Origin for skimmia

C18: New Latin from Japanese (mijama-) shikimi, a native name of the plant
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