any of various trees, shrubs, or plants associated with the Far East, as a camellia or the Japanese quince
Origin of japonicaModL, feminine of Japonicus, of Japan from Japonia, Japan from French Japon
- See flowering quince.
- The common cultivated camellia (Camellia japonica).
Origin of japonicaNew Latin species name from Japonia Japan
- Japanese, from Japan.
- (dated) A species of camellia (Camellia japonica), a native flower of Japan, bearing beautiful red or white flowers.