camellia

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noun ca·mel·lia \kə-ˈmēl-yə\

Definition of camellia

  1. :  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 and Etymology of camellia

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


First Known Use: circa 1753



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