ca·​mel·​lia | \ kə-ˈmēl-yə How to pronounce camellia (audio) \

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

Examples of camellia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the couple bought the house, large ficus trees dominated the front and back, with two palm trees in front and birds of paradise, a red camellia, daylilies, alstroemerias and grass in the rear. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2022 Peter Dayton explores the camellia, Chanel's signature flower, from various angles in black and white and gold in a giant collage work. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The general public may enter their own camellia blooms for judging from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 22. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 As for pleasure, is there anything more lovely than a camellia blooming pink or creamy white against its glossy dark-green leaves? Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2022 Whether the plant is a needled evergreen (such as a pine or spruce), or a broadleaf evergreen (such as a rhododendron or camellia), pruning involves knowing how the tree or shrub grows and where the new growth originates. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Jan. 2022 Our camellia is 2 feet tall and four or five years old. oregonlive, 11 Dec. 2021 The camellias were starting to flower and there were four two-story-tall camellia trees with fluffy amazing flowers that take us through fall and winter. Lisa Boone Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 My camellia bushes are all developing yellow leaves this year. oregonlive, 23 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of camellia

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for camellia

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

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“Camellia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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