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cryptomeria

/ˌkrɪptəʊˈmɪərɪə/
noun
1.
a coniferous tree, Cryptomeria japonica, of China and Japan, with curved needle-like leaves and small round cones: family Taxodiaceae
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from crypto- + Greek meros part; so called because the seeds are hidden by scales
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Historical Examples
  • The ceilings were panels of cryptomeria, and without either paint or varnish, were beautiful enough for a prince's palace.

  • Moreover, on his body grows moss, together with the fir and the cryptomeria of the forest.

    Japanese Fairy Tales Grace James
  • Fastened up beside the lantern is a bunch of green stuff, cryptomeria in many cases.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Even the religious grandeur of Nikko's cryptomeria aisles was incomparable to this.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • In the cryptomeria forests there was a variety which, when cut, sprouts from the ground and makes a new growth like an elm.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • The subject for competition in the year in which the landowner had been successful was, "The cryptomeria in a temple court."

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • The cryptomeria at one of the shrines I visited were of great age.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • I cut down the cryptomeria at my homestead and planted in their stead mulberries and persimmons.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Retinospora squarrosa and cryptomeria elegans turn bronzy red in winter.

  • When fourteen years of age he obtained seeds of cryptomeria and planted them in a spot in the hills.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott

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