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chino-japanese war

  • noun a war between China and Japan (1894 and 1895) over the control of the Korean Peninsula; China was overwhelmingly defeated at Port Arthur
    Chino-Japanese War.
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imperial japanese morning glory

  • noun hybrid from Ipomoea nil
    Ipomoea imperialis.
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japanese allspice

  • noun deciduous Japanese shrub cultivated for its fragrant yellow flowers
    winter sweet; Japan allspice; Chimonanthus praecox.
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japanese andromeda

  • noun broad-leaved evergreen Asiatic shrub with glossy leaves and drooping clusters of white flowers
    lily-of-the-valley tree; Pieris japonica; andromeda.
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japanese angelica tree

  • noun deciduous clump-forming Asian shrub or small tree; adventive in the eastern United States
    Aralia elata.
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japanese apricot

  • noun Japanese ornamental tree with fragrant white or pink blossoms and small yellow fruits
    Prunus mume; mei.
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japanese archipelago

  • noun a string of more than 3,000 islands to the east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
    Japan; Japanese Archipelago.
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japanese banana

  • noun Asiatic banana plant cultivated especially as a foliage plant in Japan
    Musa basjoo.
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japanese barberry

  • noun compact deciduous shrub having persistent red berries; widespread in cultivation especially for hedges
    Berberis thunbergii.
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japanese barnyard millet

  • noun coarse annual grass cultivated in Japan and southeastern Asia for its edible seeds and for forage; important wildlife food in United States
    sanwa millet; billion-dollar grass; Japanese barnyard millet; Echinochloa frumentacea.
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japanese beech

  • noun a beech native to Japan having soft light yellowish-brown wood
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japanese beetle

  • noun small metallic green and brown beetle native to eastern Asia; serious plant pest in North America
    Popillia japonica.
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japanese bittersweet

  • noun ornamental Asiatic vine with showy orange-yellow fruit with a scarlet aril; naturalized in North America
    Celastrus orbiculatus; oriental bittersweet; Japan bittersweet; Celastric articulatus.
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japanese black pine

  • noun large Japanese ornamental having long needles in bunches of 2; widely planted in United States because of its resistance to salt and smog
    Pinus thunbergii; black pine.
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japanese brome

  • noun grass of Mediterranean and temperate Asia
    Bromus japonicus; Japanese brome.
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japanese capital

  • noun the capital and largest city of Japan; the economic and cultural center of Japan
    Yeddo; Yedo; Tokyo; Edo; Tokio; capital of Japan.
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japanese carpet grass

  • noun lawn grass common in the Philippines; grown also in United States
    Manila grass; Zoysia matrella.
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japanese cedar

  • noun tall evergreen of Japan and China yielding valuable soft wood
    Japan cedar; sugi; Cryptomeria japonica.
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japanese cherry

  • noun ornamental tree with inedible fruits widely cultivated in many varieties for its white blossoms
    Japanese cherry; oriental cherry; Prunus serrulata.
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japanese chess

  • noun grass of Mediterranean and temperate Asia
    Bromus japonicus; Japanese brome.
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japanese chestnut

  • noun a spreading tree of Japan that has a short trunk
    Castanea crenata.
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japanese clover

  • noun an annual of tropical Asia naturalized in United States
    japan clover; jap clover; Lespedeza striata.
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japanese crab

  • noun crabmeat usually canned; from Japan
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japanese deer

  • noun small deer of Japan with slightly forked antlers
    Cervus sika; sika; Cervus nipon.
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japanese deity

  • noun a deity worshipped by the Japanese
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japanese flowering cherry

  • noun ornamental tree with inedible fruit widely cultivated in many varieties for its pink blossoms
    Prunus sieboldii.
  • noun ornamental tree with inedible fruits widely cultivated in many varieties for its white blossoms
    Japanese cherry; oriental cherry; Prunus serrulata.
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japanese honeysuckle

  • noun an Asiatic trailing evergreen honeysuckle with half-evergreen leaves and fragrant white flowers turning yellow with age; has become a weed in some areas
    Lonicera japonica.
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japanese hop

  • noun ornamental vine native to eastern Asia; cultivated for its variegated foliage
    Humulus japonicus.
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japanese iris

  • noun iris native to Japan having large showy flowers
    Iris kaempferi.
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japanese islands

  • noun a string of more than 3,000 islands to the east of Asia extending 1,300 miles between the Sea of Japan and the western Pacific Ocean
    Japan; Japanese Archipelago.
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japanese ivy

  • noun Asiatic vine with three-lobed leaves and purple berries
    Parthenocissus tricuspidata; Boston ivy.
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japanese lacquer tree

  • noun small Asiatic tree yielding a toxic exudate from which lacquer is obtained
    Japanese sumac; varnish tree; lacquer tree; Rhus verniciflua; Toxicodendron vernicifluum; Chinese lacquer tree; Japanese lacquer tree.
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japanese lawn grass

  • noun lawn grass common in China and Japan; grown also in United States
    Korean lawn grass; Zoysia japonica.
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japanese leaf

  • noun erect or partially climbing herb having large green or variegated leaves
    Aglaonema modestum; Chinese evergreen.
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japanese leek

  • noun Asiatic onion with slender bulbs; used as early green onions
    Welsh onion; Allium fistulosum.
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japanese lilac

  • noun lilac of northern China having ovate leaves and profuse early summer rose-lilac flowers
    Syringa villosa.
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japanese lime

  • noun medium-sized tree of Japan used as an ornamental
    Tilia japonica; Japanese lime.
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japanese linden

  • noun medium-sized tree of Japan used as an ornamental
    Tilia japonica; Japanese lime.
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japanese maple

  • noun ornamental shrub or small tree of Japan and Korea with deeply incised leaves; cultivated in many varieties
    Acer palmatum.
  • noun leaves deeply incised and bright red in autumn; Japan
    full moon maple; Acer japonicum.
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japanese medlar

  • noun evergreen tree of warm regions having fuzzy yellow olive-sized fruit with a large free stone; native to China and Japan
    loquat; Japanese medlar; loquat tree; Eriobotrya japonica.
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japanese millet

  • noun coarse annual grass cultivated in Japan and southeastern Asia for its edible seeds and for forage; important wildlife food in United States
    sanwa millet; billion-dollar grass; Japanese barnyard millet; Echinochloa frumentacea.
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japanese monetary unit

  • noun monetary unit in Japan
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japanese morning glory

  • noun annual Old World tropical climbing herb distinguished by wide color range and frilled or double flowers
    Ipomoea nil.
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japanese oak

  • noun oak with moderately light fine-grained wood; Japan
    Quercus grosseserrata; Quercus mongolica.
  • noun small evergreen tree of China and Japan
    Lithocarpus glabra; Lithocarpus glaber.
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japanese oyster

  • noun a large oyster native to Japan and introduced along the Pacific coast of the United States; a candidate for introduction in Chesapeake Bay
    Ostrea gigas.
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japanese pagoda tree

  • noun handsome roundheaded deciduous tree having compound dark green leaves and profuse panicles of fragrant creamy-white flowers; China and Japan
    Chinese scholartree; Sophora japonica; Sophora sinensis; Chinese scholar tree.
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japanese persimmon

  • noun small deciduous Asiatic tree bearing large red or orange edible astringent fruit
    kaki; Diospyros kaki.
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japanese pink

  • noun a flowering variety of China pink distinguished by jagged-edged petals
    Dianthus chinensis heddewigii.
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japanese plum

  • noun small tree of China and Japan bearing large yellow to red plums usually somewhat inferior to European plums in flavor
    Prunus salicina.
  • noun evergreen tree of warm regions having fuzzy yellow olive-sized fruit with a large free stone; native to China and Japan
    loquat; Japanese medlar; loquat tree; Eriobotrya japonica.
  • noun yellow olive-sized semitropical fruit with a large free stone and relatively little flesh; used for jellies
    loquat.
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japanese poinsettia

  • noun showy poinsettia found from the southern United States to Peru
    mole plant; paint leaf; Euphorbia heterophylla.
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japanese privet

  • noun evergreen shrub of Japan and Korea having small dark leaves and flowers in loose panicles; related to but smaller than Chinese privet
    Ligustrum japonicum.
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japanese quince

  • noun deciduous thorny shrub native to China having red or white blossoms
    Chaenomeles speciosa.
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japanese radish

  • noun radish of Japan with a long hard durable root eaten raw or cooked
    radish; Raphanus sativus longipinnatus; daikon.
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japanese red army

  • noun a terrorist group organized in 1970 to overthrow the Japanese government and monarchy and to foment world revolution; is said to have close ties with Palestinian terrorists
    Anti-Imperialist International Brigade; JRA.
    • in 1972 the Japanese Red Army was responsible for a massacre at an airport in Israel
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japanese red pine

  • noun pine native to Japan and Korea having a wide-spreading irregular crown when mature; grown as an ornamental
    Japanese red pine; Pinus densiflora.
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japanese rose

  • noun vigorously growing rose having clusters of numerous small flowers; used for hedges and as grafting stock
    Rosa multiflora; multiflora rose; multiflora; baby rose.
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japanese snowbell

  • noun shrubby tree of China and Japan
    Styrax japonicum.
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japanese spaniel

  • noun breed of toy dogs originating in Japan having a silky black-and-white or red-and-white coat
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japanese spurge

  • noun slow-growing Japanese evergreen subshrub having terminal spikes of white flowers; grown as a ground cover
    Pachysandra terminalis.
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japanese stranglehold

  • noun a wrestling hold in which the opponent's arms are crossed in front of his own neck to exert pressure on his windpipe
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japanese sumac

  • noun small Asiatic tree yielding a toxic exudate from which lacquer is obtained
    Japanese sumac; varnish tree; lacquer tree; Rhus verniciflua; Toxicodendron vernicifluum; Chinese lacquer tree; Japanese lacquer tree.
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japanese table pine

  • noun pine native to Japan and Korea having a wide-spreading irregular crown when mature; grown as an ornamental
    Japanese red pine; Pinus densiflora.
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japanese tree lilac

  • noun small tree of Japan having narrow pointed leaves and creamy-white flowers
    Syringa amurensis japonica; Syringa reticulata.
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japanese umbrella pine

  • noun tall evergreen having a symmetrical spreading crown and needles growing in whorls that resemble umbrellas at ends of twigs
    Sciadopitys verticillata.
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japanese varnish tree

  • noun small Asiatic tree yielding a toxic exudate from which lacquer is obtained
    Japanese sumac; varnish tree; lacquer tree; Rhus verniciflua; Toxicodendron vernicifluum; Chinese lacquer tree; Japanese lacquer tree.
  • noun deciduous tree widely grown in southern United States as an ornamental for its handsome maplelike foliage and long racemes of yellow-green flowers followed by curious leaflike pods
    phoenix tree; Firmiana simplex; Chinese parasol tree; Chinese parasol.
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japanese wistaria

  • noun having flowers of pink to mauve or violet-blue
    Wisteria floribunda.
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japanese yew

  • noun shrubby hardy evergreen of China and Japan having lustrous dark green foliage; cultivated in the eastern United States
    Taxus cuspidata.
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japanese-speaking

  • adjective satellite able to communicate in Japanese
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russo-japanese war

  • noun Japanese victory in the war with Russia (1904-1905) gave Japan power over Korea and Manchuria
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sino-japanese war

  • noun a war between China and Japan (1894 and 1895) over the control of the Korean Peninsula; China was overwhelmingly defeated at Port Arthur
    Chino-Japanese War.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

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