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- n. greenhouse shrub with glossy green leaves and showy fragrant rose-like flowers; cultivated in many varieties
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From the natural feathers, so exquisitely and highly colored, the nuns make flowers -- the camellia japonica and carnations being among the handsomest.
She loved the world and the manifestations of the world, and -- not to be ungallant -- she is more like an irritated mosquito than like the elegant _camellia japonica_ to which she would prefer to be compared.