Definition of hinoki in English:

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Pronunciation: /hiˈnōkē/


(also hinoki cypress) A tall slow-growing tree native to Japan that has bright green leaves and yields a valuable timber.
  • Chamaecyparis obtusa, family Cupressaceae
Example sentences
  • Three variegated hinoki false cypress trees flank the stipa, and a coral bark maple grows at the back of the bed.
  • Daiho-ji is in the mountains, surrounded by cedars and hinoki cypresses over 300 years old.
  • Traditionally, the Ise Shrine was dismantled and rebuilt every 20 years using hinoki cypress lumber from Kiso.


Early 18th century: from Japanese.

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Syllabification: hi·no·ki

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