1. A country in Eastern Asia.
2. China ware, which is the modern popular term for porcelain. See Porcelain.
China aster 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.
China pink Bot., an anual or biennial species of Dianthus (Dianthus Chiensis) having variously colored single or double flowers; Indian pink.
China root 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).
China rose. 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, China tree. Bot. See Azedarach.
n 1: a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern
Asia; the most populous country in the world [syn: People's
Republic of China, mainland China, Communist China,
Red China, PRC]
2: high quality porcelain originally made only in China
3: a government on the island of Taiwan established in 1949 by
Chiang Kai-shek after the conquest of mainland China by
the communists led by Mao Zedong [syn: Taiwan, Nationalist
China, Republic of China]
4: dishware made of china [syn: chinaware]