[ kuh-meel-yuh, -mee-lee-uh ]
/ kəˈmil yə, -ˈmi li ə /


any of several shrubs of the genus Camellia, especially C. japonica, native to Asia, having glossy evergreen leaves and white, pink, red, or variegated roselike flowers.

Origin of camellia

1745–55; named after G. J. Camellus (1661–1706), Jesuit missionary, who brought it to Europe; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (kəˈmiːlɪə) /


any ornamental shrub of the Asian genus Camellia, esp C. japonica, having glossy evergreen leaves and showy roselike flowers, usually white, pink or red in colour: family TheaceaeAlso called: japonica

Word Origin for camellia

C18: New Latin, named after Georg Josef Kamel (1661–1706), Moravian Jesuit missionary, who introduced it to Europe
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