Chi"na(?), n. 1. A country in Eastern Asia.
2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See Porcelain.
(Bot.), a well-known garden flower and plant. See Aster. --
China bean. See under Bean, 1. --
China clay See Kaolin. --
China grass, Same as Ramie. --
China ink. See India ink. --
(Bot.), an anual or biennial species of Dianthus (Dianthus Chiensis) having variously colored single or double flowers; Indian pink. --
(Med.), the rootstock of a species of Smilax (Smilax China, from the East Indies; -- formerly much esteemed for the purposes that sarsaparilla is now used for. Also the galanga root (from Alpinia Gallanga and Alpinia officinarum). --
(Bot.) (a) A popular name for several free-blooming varieties of rose derived from the Rosa Indica, and perhaps other species. (b) A flowering hothouse plant (Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis) of the Mallow family, common in the gardens of China and the east Indies. --
China shop, a shop or store for the sale of China ware or of crockery. --
Pride of China,
(Bot.) See Azedarach.
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