Camellia

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Camellia (family Theaceae) A genus of evergreen shrubs and small trees, many of which are grown for their showy flowers as ornamentals. C. sinensis is the tea plant; its variety assamica yields Indian tea. There are 82 species, occurring in eastern Asia.

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ca·mel·lia / kəˈmēlyə/ • n. an evergreen eastern Asian shrub (genus Camellia) of the tea family, grown for its showy flowers.

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camellia genus of shrubs. XVIII. — modL., f. name of Josef Kamel (latinized Camellus), a Moravian Jesuit who described the botany of Luzon; see -IA 1.

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camellia Genus of evergreen trees or shrubs of the family Theaceae, native to e Asia. It has oval, dark green leaves and waxy, rose-like flowers which may be pink, red, white or variegated. Camellia japonica is the most common species.