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japonica

[juh-pon-i-kuh] /dʒəˈpɒn ɪ kə/
noun
1.
the camellia, Camellia japonica, having waxy flowers in a variety of colors.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Japon(ia) Japan + -ica, feminine of -icus -ic
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japonica

/dʒəˈpɒnɪkə/
noun
1.
Also called Japanese quince, flowering quince. a Japanese rosaceous shrub, Chaenomeles japonica, cultivated for its red flowers and yellowish fruit
2.
another name for the camellia
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, feminine of japonicus Japanese, from JaponiaJapan
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Word Origin and History for japonica
n.

"camelia," 1819, Modern Latin, literally "Japanese," from Japonica "Japan," from Japon, variant of Japan.

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