ca·​mel·​lia | \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

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Some wore period costumes or white camellia flowers, a symbol of the historic movement. Nick Perry, The Seattle Times, "New Zealand celebrates 125 years of women having the vote," 19 Sep. 2018 Some wore period costumes or white camellia flowers, a symbol of the historic movement. Nick Perry, Fox News, "New Zealand celebrates 125 years of women having the vote," 19 Sep. 2018 Interested in knowing the Parisian atelier responsible for Chanel's infamous camellias? Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Book Corner: Fashionable Selby," 17 Mar. 2014 Some family members would like starts of a camellia that has been at our parent’s home site a long time. Tom Maccubbin,, "Warm up tomato harvest with cold protection," 6 Jan. 2018 Of these, 300 new and beneficial plants were introduced into Florida’s landscape, including palms, caladiums, hybrid amaryllis, hybrid magnolias, camellias and bromeliads. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Gotha historic treasure lands well-deserved aid," 20 May 2018 The intensely hydrating blend of camellia seed oil, shea butter, frankincense, and marula oil cocoons skin and smells incredible. Emily Sundberg, The Cut, "How Goop’s Beauty Editor Gets Her Skin So Good," 29 Mar. 2018 Buds already past their prime were completely dehydrated Tuesday during a visit to the gardens, and singed brown leaves could be seen not only on camellia shrubs but also on ferns and the new growth of surrounding oak trees. Sara Cardine,, "Acres of historic camellias at Descanso Gardens scorched during weekend’s triple-digit heat," 12 July 2018 With a superlight yet moisturizing texture, this formulation includes brightening, antioxidant-rich rose hip oil, anti-inflammatory, hydrating camellia oil and fast-absorbing moisture-barrier protecting meadow-foam seed oil. Janna Mandell,, "Summer skin-care solutions by microclimate," 12 July 2018

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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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