japonica

noun
ja·pon·i·ca | \jə-ˈpä-ni-kə \

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While researchers agree the rice variety known as japonica first appeared in China, some argue that another strain, known as indica was domesticated in an area between India and Indochina. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Domestic Rice Was Grown in China 9,400 Years Ago," 7 June 2017 But, in 2013, Japan’s government added Anguilla japonica to its official Red List of endangered fish, after researchers found that wild unagi populations had declined by about ninety per cent in the course of just three decades. Joshua Hunt, The New Yorker, "Japan Copes with the Disappearing Eel," 2 Jan. 2017 In January 2001, Swiss and German scientists unveiled this health-boosting rice after implanting two genes from a daffodil and one from a bacterium in a common japonica rice called Taipei 309. Laura Bradford, WIRED, "The Edible Patent Boom," 1 Mar. 2002 The formula is both brightening and correcting, thanks to ingredients such as camellia japonica–seed oil and turmeric extract. Vanity Fair, Vanities, "Cushion Concealers to Highlight, Brighten, and Blur," 20 June 2017 The formula is both brightening and correcting, thanks to ingredients such as camellia japonica–seed oil and turmeric extract. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Cushion Concealers to Highlight, Brighten, and Blur," 20 June 2017 While researchers agree the rice variety known as japonica first appeared in China, some argue that another strain, known as indica was domesticated in an area between India and Indochina. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Domestic Rice Was Grown in China 9,400 Years Ago," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of japonica

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for japonica

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

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