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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The little East Sacramento bungalow with the bright red door and trim camellias looks like any other family home on its street. Tony Bizjak And Kellen Browning, sacbee, "The 'hotel' next door: Airbnb rentals face backlash in some Sacramento neighborhoods," 17 June 2018 Sure, things may look a bit bedraggled now; certainly the frozen camellia blossoms look very sad. Nancy Brachey, charlotteobserver, "Choose Chinese paperbush for winter bloom | Charlotte Observer," 15 Jan. 2018 Leche transplanted camellias and azaleas from his former home on the Tchefuncte River, expanding the gardens and walkways., "A disgraced governor and his camellias: the fascinating history of Lacombe's Bayou Gardens," 15 Feb. 2018 Star players include collagen-boosting raspberry seed oil, moisturizing castor seed oil, and antioxidant-heavy camellia japonica seed oil. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Exclusive: Wander Beauty Launches Glow Ahead, Its First-Ever Facial Oil," 17 July 2018 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

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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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