Definition of azalea in English:

azalea

Syllabification: a·zal·ea
Pronunciation: /əˈzālyə
 
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noun

  • A deciduous flowering shrub of the heath family with clusters of brightly colored, sometimes fragrant flowers. Technically classified as rhododendrons, azaleas are characteristically smaller than most other rhododendrons.
    • Genus Rhododendron, family Ericaceae: many cultivars
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    • These are gardens for all seasons with the rhododendron dell, the azaleas and flowering cherry trees in spring, and the rose gardens in summer.
    • The spectacular spring flowers of azaleas and rhododendrons make them among the most popular garden shrubs.
    • Flowers are blooming weeks earlier than usual with Castle Howard boasting daffodils, snowdrops, rhododendrons, azaleas and crocuses.

Origin

mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek, feminine of azaleos 'dry', because the shrub flourishes in dry soil.

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