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1. See flowering quince.
2. The common cultivated camellia (Camellia japonica).
[New Latin, species name, from Japonia, Japan.]
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1. (Plants) Also called: Japanese quince or flowering quince a Japanese rosaceous shrub, Chaenomeles japonica, cultivated for its red flowers and yellowish fruit
2. (Plants) another name for camellia
[C19: from New Latin, feminine of japonicus Japanese, from Japonia Japan]
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ca•mel•lia(kəˈmil yə, -ˈmi li ə)
n., pl. -lias.
any of several shrubs of the genus Camellia, of the tea family, having glossy evergreen leaves and roselike flowers of white, pink, or red.
[1745–55; after German. J. Camellus (1661–1706), Jesuit missionary]
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|Noun||1.||japonica - greenhouse shrub with glossy green leaves and showy fragrant rose-like flowers; cultivated in many varieties|
|2.||japonica - deciduous thorny shrub native to Japan having red blossoms|
flowering quince - Asiatic ornamental shrub with spiny branches and pink or red blossoms
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