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[nan-dahy-nuh, -dee-nuh] /nænˈdaɪ nə, -ˈdi nə/
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] /ˈnæn dɪn/ (Show IPA)
Also called heavenly bamboo, sacred bamboo.
Origin of nandina
Japanese dialect
< 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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • All of them, when they heard this from nandin, agreed to it.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • And while the king was engaged in the fire-offering, there suddenly appeared there nandin the prince of the host of Bhútas.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • And at the end of the feast, nandin and the others gave them all celestial garlands, robes, and ornaments.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • And when he reached his hermitage, he saw and adored the cow Surabhi and the sacred bull, and approached nandin the door-keeper.

    The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
  • Nandìna doméstica, the only species, and a popular shrub in the gardens of Japan, where it is called nandin.

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