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camellia (kəmēl´yə) [for G. J. Kamel, a Moravian Jesuit missionary], any plant of the genus Camellia in the tea family, evergreen shrubs or small trees native to Asia but now cultivated extensively in warm climates and in greenhouses for their showy white, red, or variegated blossoms and glossy, dark-green foliage. The tea plant is Camellia sineusis. Several species yield oil from the seeds, e.g., the widely cultivated C. japonica (commonly called japonica) and C. sasanqua and, especially, the Asian C. oleifera, the source of tea-seed oil used in textile and soap manufacture and, when suitably refined, for cooking. C. oleifera has also been used to develop cold-hardy hybrid flowering camellias. Camellias are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Theales, family Theaceae.

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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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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.

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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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