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camellia

[kuh-meel-yuh, -mee-lee-uh] /kəˈmil yə, -ˈmi li ə/
noun
1.
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
1745-1755
1745-55; named after G. J. Camellus (1661-1706), Jesuit missionary, who brought it to Europe; see -ia
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  • In view of the fact that the act does not specify which camellia, the particular variety cannot be officially designated.
  • There are tiny white flecks along the veins of my camellia's leaves and it looks sickly and yellow.
  • When a camellia dies, the whole bloom falls off of its branch.
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camellia

/kəˈmiːlɪə/
noun
1.
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 Theaceae Also called japonica
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, named after Georg Josef Kamel (1661–1706), Moravian Jesuit missionary, who introduced it to Europe
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Word Origin and History for camellia
n.

1753, named by Linnæus from Latinized form of Georg Joseph Kamel (1661-1706), Moravian-born Jesuit who described the flora of the island of Luzon.

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