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A coniferous evergreen tree (Cryptomeria japonica) native to East Asia, having spirally arranged needlelike leaves and cultivated as an ornamental and timber tree. Also called Japanese cedar, sugi.
[New Latin Cryptomeria, genus name : crypto- + Greek meros, part (since the microsporangia are concealed at the base of scales, while the seeds are concealed in a verticil of large scales and subtending bracts); see (s)mer-2.]
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(Plants) a coniferous tree, Cryptomeria japonica, of China and Japan, with curved needle-like leaves and small round cones: family Taxodiaceae
[C19: from New Latin, from crypto- + Greek meros part; so called because the seeds are hidden by scales]
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