- any of a genus (Camellia) of Asian evergreen trees and shrubs of the tea family, with glossy leaves and waxy, roselike flowers
- the flower
Origin of camelliaModL, after Camelli, Italian form of the name of G. J. Kamel (1661-1706), Moravian Jesuit missionary to the Far East
Origin of camelliaNew Latin Camellia, genus name, after Georg Josef Kamel, (1661–1706), Moravian Jesuit missionary.
New Latin, after Moravian botanist Joseph Kamel (‘Camellus’) (1661–1706).
Named after botanist Georg Kamel (1661-1706) by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).