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kəˈmil yə, -ˈmi li əcamel·lia

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. camellia, camelia(noun)

    any of several shrubs or small evergreen trees having solitary white or pink or reddish flowers


  1. camellia(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: Modern Latin, named from Joseph Kamel, or ‘Camellus’ (1661-1706), a Moravian botanist.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Camellia(noun)

    an Asiatic genus of small shrubs, often with shining leaves and showy flowers. Camellia Japonica is much cultivated for ornament, and C. Sassanqua and C. oleifera are grown in China for the oil which is pressed from their seeds. The tea plant is now referred to this genus under the name of Camellia Thea

  2. Origin: [NL., after Georg Josef Kamel, or Camelli, a Jesuit who is said to have brought it from the East.]


  1. Camellia

    Camellia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. There are 100–250 described species, with some controversy over the exact number. The genus was named by Linnaeus after the Jesuit botanist Georg Joseph Kamel, who worked in the Philippines, though he never described a camellia. This genus is famous throughout East Asia; camellias are known as cháhuā in Chinese, "tea flower", an apt designation, as tsubaki in Japanese, as dongbaek-kkot in Korean and as hoa trà or hoa chè in Vietnamese. Of economic importance in the Indian subcontinent and Asia, leaves of C. sinensis are processed to create the popular beverage, tea. The ornamental Camellia japonica, Camellia oleifera and Camellia sasanqua and their hybrids are represented in cultivation by a large number of cultivars.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Camellia

    ka-mel′ya, n. a species of evergreen shrubs, natives of China and Japan, noted for the singular beauty of their flowers. [Named from Kamel, Latinised Camellus, a Moravian Jesuit, who collected plants in the Philippine Islands in 1639.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Camellia

    A plant genus in the family THEACEAE, order THEALES best known for CAMELLIA SINENSIS which is the source of Oriental TEA.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Camellia

    Introduced into Europe by G. J. Camelli, the German missionary botanist.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of camellia in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of camellia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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