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azalea

Line breaks: aza¦lea
Pronunciation: /əˈzeɪlɪə
 
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Definition of azalea in English:

noun

A deciduous flowering shrub with clusters of brightly coloured, sometimes fragrant flowers. Azaleas are typically smaller than other rhododendrons and there are numerous cultivars.
  • Genus Rhododendron, family Ericaceae
Example sentences
  • 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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