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

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Recent Examples on the Web The package will list azaleas, camellias, rhododendron, evergreens, etc. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Make sure rhododendrons get enough water through dry months," 3 May 2020 Just after flowering is a great time to fertilize camellias, with a food for acid-loving plants. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Make sure rhododendrons get enough water through dry months," 3 May 2020 While the cream makes her skin feel soft, the Tatcha camellia oil and essence skin softener help cleanse all the sweat that builds up underneath her equipment and makes her itchy. Tara Gonzalez /, Travel + Leisure, "My Mom Works 12-Hour Hospital Shifts With a Mask On — This Cream Is Saving Her Skin," 21 Apr. 2020 Watch and listen for wildlife as the garden’s weeping Higan cherry trees sway in the wind along the pond, and follow the path of camellias, artfully pruned pine trees and fiddlehead ferns. Maya Salam, New York Times, "Today’s Live-Streaming Events: ‘Fleabag’ Onstage and a Virtual Nature Walk," 13 Apr. 2020 The landscape uses many Southern-favorite plants, including azaleas, camellias, and dogwoods while also incorporating elements that can change with the seasons. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "This Charming Charleston Garden Thrives Season After Season," 9 Apr. 2020 With homemade chamomile honey syrup and tiny camellia look-alikes created with grapefruit zest, this 15-minute cocktail recipe is sure to elevate your viewing party. Sunset Magazine, "The Snacks, Cocktails, and Oscars-Inspired Recipes We’re Making This February," 7 Feb. 2020 Though natural beauty can be appreciated throughout the restaurant, the outdoor terrace garden takes the cake with more than 50 plant species, including edible varieties like green tea camellia and cardamom. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "Rethink Plant-Based Dining: These Restaurants and Bars Have Incredible Houseplants and Florals," 10 Mar. 2020 Red / Pink Choose camellias, peony, ranunculus, and sweet peas for a gorgeous and sweet-smelling bouquet. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 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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The first known use of camellia was circa 1753

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14 Jun 2020

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“Camellia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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