ca·​mel·​lia kə-ˈmēl-yə How to pronounce camellia (audio)
: 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 Its power lies in Japanese camellia oil, a lightweight, nourishing botanical oil rich in vitamins and omegas. Iman Balagam, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024 Stewart recommends camellia oil, a Japanese oil extracted from the seed of a flowering shrub, to lubricate moving parts of tools and protect them from rusting with a preventative coating. Halee Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Mar. 2024 Last year’s Met Gala, with its Karl Lagerfeld theme, drew massive attention for red-carpet looks that included both Doja Cat and Jared Leto dressed as his cat Choupette, Jessica Chastain channeling the late designer’s look and a plethora of iconic Chanel motifs such as camellias and pearls. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 This hydrating duo is formulated with aloe leaf juice, camellia seed oil, and amino acids to quench strands with moisture while also supporting a softer texture, stronger strands, and a smoother finish. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 The soccer balls have been retired but the fence remains. All the bushes, shrubs and trees – some border yews, magnolias, camellias and Lenten roses, to name a few – are his plantings, but there are fewer perennials than before. Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 What's the difference between common camellia and Sasanqua camellia? Steve Bender, Southern Living, 28 Jan. 2024 On Lake Maggiore, camellias thrived in the mild microclimate and a soil with an acidity conducive to their growth. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2024 Rihanna wore a custom Valentino Haute Couture silk faille dress featuring a cape covered in 30 giant camellia appliqués. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 26 Dec. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of camellia was in 1751

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“Camellia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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ca·​mel·​lia kə-ˈmēl-yə How to pronounce camellia (audio)
: a greenhouse shrub that is related to the tea plant and has glossy evergreen leaves and showy roselike flowers

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