Camellia definition

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Any of several evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Camellia native to eastern Asia, especially C. japonica, having shiny leaves and showy roselike flowers that are usually red, white, or pink.
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The flower.
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Any of a genus (Camellia) of Asian evergreen trees and shrubs of the tea family, with glossy leaves and waxy, roselike flowers.
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Any plant of the genus Camellia, shrubs and small trees native to Asia; Camellia japonica is the most popular as a garden plant; Camellia sinensis is the tea plant.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Theaceae — the camellias.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
camellia
Plural:
camellias

Origin of camellia

  • New Latin Camellia genus name after Georg Josef Kamel (1661–1706), Moravian Jesuit missionary

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Named after botanist Georg Kamel (1661-1706) by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin, after Moravian botanist Joseph Kamel (‘Camellus’) (1661–1706).

    From Wiktionary