from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of rosaceous plants of the tribe Spiræeæ, characterized by small, dry, cartilaginousand large, solitary, peduncled yellow-flowers terminating the branehlets.

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  • noun Kerria japonica, the sole species in the genus Kerria, a deciduous shrub with five-petalled yellow flowers.


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From the genus name.



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  • "Here writing the text in Paris, swapping the anxiety of a vegetative state—progressing extravagantly—for kerria bouquets of text, great golden bunches naming the self, intermingled discipline of questioning, perfected into something other than a string of exiles, banishment, migration: rather, living in search of an excuse to sail off and prosper as a merchant in Ecuador, for example, fleeing one's own haunted existence, stating lopsidedly once again the struggle against the impossible, happy not to own up to oneself, namely, a destiny of dullness."

    Talismano by Abdelwahab Meddeb, translated by Jane Kuntz, p 175 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

    October 1, 2011