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camellia

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noun ca·mel·lia \kə-ˈmēl-yə\

Definition of camellia

  1. :  any of a genus (Camellia) of shrubs or trees of the tea family; especially :  an ornamental greenhouse shrub (C. japonica) with glossy leaves and roselike flowers



Origin of camellia

New Latin Camellia, from Camellus (Georg Josef Kamel †1706 Moravian Jesuit missionary)


First Known Use: circa 1753

Rhymes with camellia



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