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Syllabification: rho·do·den·dron
Pronunciation: /ˌrōdəˈdendrən

Definition of rhododendron in English:


A shrub or small tree of the heath family, with large clusters of bell-shaped flowers and typically with large evergreen leaves, widely grown as an ornamental.
  • Genus Rhododendron, family Ericaceae: many cultivars
Example sentences
  • Old Jack Frost and harsh winter winds are drying out plants with shallow roots, such as azaleas and rhododendrons.
  • With that in mind I plan a grouping of azaleas and rhododendrons in the corner formed by the house and wall.
  • At this time of year, the woodland garden brims with masses of colour coming from the thousands of rhododendrons, camellias, kalmias and magnolias.


via Latin from Greek, from rhodon 'rose' + dendron 'tree'.

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