Definition of nandina in English:


Syllabification: nan·di·na
Pronunciation: /nanˈdēnə


  • An evergreen eastern Asian shrub that resembles bamboo and is cultivated for its foliage, which turns red or bronze in autumn. Also called celestial bamboo.
    • Nandina domestica, family Berberidaceae
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    • They placed shrubs-roses, azaleas, altheas, forsythia, crepe myrtle, spirea, camellias, nandina, and wild honeysuckle-throughout the yard.
    • Outside the dining-room window, a tiered fountain bubbles in a shady entry garden with nandina, butterfly iris, camellias, ferns and hostas.
    • Wrap large bundles of nandina berries with florist's tape, add a bow and hang on a door, newel post or mailbox.


mid 19th century: modern Latin (genus name), adapted from Japanese nanten.

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