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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Of these, 300 new and beneficial plants were introduced into Florida’s landscape, including palms, caladiums, hybrid amaryllis, hybrid magnolias, camellias and bromeliads. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Gotha historic treasure lands well-deserved aid," 20 May 2018 The intensely hydrating blend of camellia seed oil, shea butter, frankincense, and marula oil cocoons skin and smells incredible. Emily Sundberg, The Cut, "How Goop’s Beauty Editor Gets Her Skin So Good," 29 Mar. 2018 Buds already past their prime were completely dehydrated Tuesday during a visit to the gardens, and singed brown leaves could be seen not only on camellia shrubs but also on ferns and the new growth of surrounding oak trees. Sara Cardine,, "Acres of historic camellias at Descanso Gardens scorched during weekend’s triple-digit heat," 12 July 2018 With a superlight yet moisturizing texture, this formulation includes brightening, antioxidant-rich rose hip oil, anti-inflammatory, hydrating camellia oil and fast-absorbing moisture-barrier protecting meadow-foam seed oil. Janna Mandell,, "Summer skin-care solutions by microclimate," 12 July 2018 Available in 11 shades, this foundation also contains a natural gemstone called tourmaline to provide brilliance, pearl powder, and nourishing camellia leaf extract. Wendy Gould, Allure, "The 9 Best Powder Foundations to Thwart Summer Sweat," 3 July 2018 Lesmeister loves Memorial as a showcase for camellias. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "World's largest and oldest camellia show returns to Memorial Auditorium -- at least once more | The Sacramento Bee," 28 Feb. 2018 Pruning time for azaleas and camellias is over; continue to prune gardenias and bougainvillea. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 Another option is camellia oil, a natural light oil extracted from camellia seeds that is an excellent protectant for any metal tools. Cindy Daniel, Sunset, "How to Maintan Your Garden Tools," 22 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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