One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall slow-growing tree native to Japan, that has bright green leaves and yields a valuable timber.
Chamaecyparis obtusa, family Cupressaceae
- ‘Daiho-ji is in the mountains, surrounded by cedars and hinoki cypresses over 300 years old.’
- ‘Three variegated hinoki false cypress trees flank the stipa, and a coral bark maple grows at the back of the bed.’
- ‘This densely covered forest is the home Japanese hemlocks, hinoki cypresses, beech trees and firs around 300 years old.’
- ‘Traditionally, the Ise Shrine was dismantled and rebuilt every 20 years using hinoki cypress lumber from Kiso.’
- ‘The large hinoki cypresses, which were imported from Japan in 1913, have been in the United States longer than any other known bonsai.’
Early 18th century: from Japanese.
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