From Sinitic 支那.
シナ (hiragana しな, romaji Shina)
- China (can be derogatory in modern speech)
From Latin cina, variously given as short for Artemisia cina ("Chinese artemisia"), or Semen cina ("Chinese seed"). The kanji used are ateji.
シナ (hiragana しな, romaji shina)
- Artemisia cina: also known as santonica, Levant wormseed, and wormseed; an herbaceous perennial of the daisy family, historically used as a vermifugic anthelmintic (a drug to rid the body of parasitic worms)
- ^ (1884), “The guiding symptoms of our materia medica, Volume 4”, University of California, retrieved 2012-05-29