Definition of hinoki in English:


Line breaks: hi¦noki
Pronunciation: /hɪˈnəʊki


  • (also hinoki cypress) A tall slow-growing tree native to Japan, which has bright green leaves and yields a valuable timber.
    • Chamaecyparis obtusa, family Cupressaceae
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    • 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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