ja·​pon·​i·​ca jə-ˈpä-ni-kə How to pronounce japonica (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For more on pieris, see the following website, Landscape Plants - Pieris japonica. oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2022 My kids watch hummingbirds fighting over our other two camellia hedges, fall-blooming Camellia sasanqua ‘Mine-No-Yuki’ by the garage and spring-blooming Camellia japonica ‘Swan Lake’ under the dining room window. oregonlive, 26 Feb. 2021 Camellia sasanqua, japonica and hybrids: Petals of these close relatives of the tea plant are edible. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, 7 Feb. 2020 The liquid is made from the bud of the lonicera japonica flower, the fruit of forsythia suspensa and scutellaria baicalensis plant. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2020 For: creamy moistness without starchiness; examples: Calrose (a type of japonica rice), risotto rice Medium-grain rice is shorter and moister than long grain but not quite as starchy as short. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 21 Jan. 2020 Some fall flowering sasanqua camellias may already be in bloom and japonica types should follow during winter. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Nov. 2019 Availability: Lonicera japonica varieties are commonly available. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, 26 July 2019 Zones: 6 to 8 Rounded or Sphere-Shaped Boxwoods Winter Gem (Buxus microphylla japonica 'Winter Gem') This boxwood makes a nice hedge and takes shearing well. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, 14 Feb. 2019 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from feminine of Japonicus Japanese, from Japonia Japan

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of japonica was in 1819

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“Japonica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/japonica. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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