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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Plants that once died in the cold — crepe myrtles, camellias — now do just fine. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Branch manager: A visit with the tree whisperer of Brookside Gardens," 22 July 2019 Olive fruit oil, soybean oil, grape seed oil, and camellia leaf extract will keep your skin feeling bouncy and bright. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Does KylieSkin Care Live Up To The Hype?," 22 May 2019 The best face oils for every skin type Buy it for the cool gold flakes floating around in the bottle, but use it for the camellia oil, which packs more antioxidants than any other oil out there. Glamour, "Best Face Oil for Every Skin Type and How to Use Them," 16 May 2019 Just a one-hour flight from Seoul lies Jeju Island, where residents of a 300-year-old village have spent generations harvesting camellias for their antioxidant-rich seeds. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019 Others were secured with seed pearl or enamel barrettes or camellia brooches, another emblem of the house that Lagerfeld made his own. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Karl Lagerfeld’s Final Chanel Show Highlighted the Classic French Beauty He Loved," 5 Mar. 2019 That move might have been a sly provocation: Until Chanel co-opted it, the camellia was more commonly worn as a man’s boutonniere. Vogue, "Chanel’s New High Jewelry Collection Celebrates the Camellia—Coco’s Signature Fleur," 17 Jan. 2019 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

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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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