cryp·​to·​me·​ria | \ ˌkrip-tə-ˈmir-ē-ə How to pronounce cryptomeria (audio) \

Definition of cryptomeria

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Recent Examples on the Web The priest, sandals slapping, heads down a lane lined with stone lanterns and towering cryptomeria trees to a gateway, or torii, that bears the mountain’s name. Gilles Mingasson, Smithsonian, 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of cryptomeria

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cryptomeria

borrowed from New Latin Cryptomeria, genus name, from crypto- crypto- + -meria, borrowed from Greek -mereia "condition of having parts (of such a kind)," derivative of -merēs "having parts (of such a kind)," adjective derivative of méros "part" — more at merit entry 1

Note: Genus name introduced by the Scottish botanist David Don (1799-1841) in Annals of Natural History, vol. 1 (1838), p. 233-34. In a later publication ("Descriptions of two new Genera of the Natural Family of Plants called Coniferae," Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, v. 18 [1841], pp. 163-79), Don states that the generic name was suggested by "the concealed position of the reproductive organs" (p. 171).

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“Cryptomeria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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