nandin

nandina

[nan-dahy-nuh, -dee-nuh]
noun
a Chinese and Japanese evergreen shrub, Nandina domestica, of the barberry family, having pinnate leaves and bright red berries, cultivated as an ornamental.
Also, nandin [nan-din] .
Also called heavenly bamboo, sacred bamboo.


Origin:
< Neo-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

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