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 Yet when Tsai wanted to introduce her own camellia-oil cleanser in 2009, retailers warned her against it. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Another striking look is the salopettes-ski suits in white quilting embroidered with red and blue motifs- or also in fuchsia tweed, worn with strappy sandals and embellished with chains and little black bows or pumps adorned with a camellia. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 Have a camellia that seems to be struggling in your garden? oregonlive, 26 Feb. 2021 Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge lays claim to the largest camellia collection in North America. Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2021 The sheet covering my camellia did not protect the blooms, but the foliage looks nice. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 22 Feb. 2021 Next, apply an azalea-camellia type fertilizer once in March, May and August. Tom Maccubbin,, 20 Feb. 2021 The package will list azaleas, camellias, rhododendron, evergreens, etc. oregonlive, 3 May 2020 Just after flowering is a great time to fertilize camellias, with a food for acid-loving plants. oregonlive, 3 May 2020

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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