Origin of cryptomeriaModern Latin from Classical Greek kryptos, hidden (see crypt) + meros, a part (see merit) + Modern Latin -ia (see -ia): so named because the seeds are “hidden” within the scales of the cones
Origin of cryptomeriaNew 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.
- Any tree of the genus Cryptomeria
- The Japanese cedar, Cryptomeria japonica
New Latin crypto- (“hidden”) + Ancient Greek μέρος (meros, “part”) + -ia