noun \kə-ˈmēl-yə\

Definition of CAMELLIA

:  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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the East Asian evergreen shrubs and trees that make up the genus Camellia in the tea family (Theaceae), most notable for three ornamental flowering species and for C. sinensis (sometimes called Thea sinensis), the source of tea. The common camellia (C. japonica) is the best-known, particularly for its double (many-petaled) cultivated varieties. The tea plant (C. sinensis), reaching 30 ft (9 m) in the wild but in cultivation kept to a low, mounded shrub, bears fragrant white, yellow-centred flowers.


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