Definition of azalea in English:

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azalea

Pronunciation: /əˈzeɪlɪə/

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.

Words that rhyme with azalea

Australia, bacchanalia, Castalia, dahlia, echolalia, genitalia, inter alia, Lupercalia, Mahalia, marginalia, paraphernalia, regalia, Saturnalia, Thalia, Westphalia

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