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a·zal·ea

 (ə-zāl′yə)
n.
Any of various shrubs of the genus Rhododendron in the heath family, having showy, variously colored flowers.

[Greek azaleā, from feminine of azaleos, dry (so called because it grows in dry soil or from the texture of its wood); see as- in Indo-European roots.]

azalea

(əˈzeɪljə)
n
(Plants) any ericaceous plant of the group Azalea, formerly a separate genus but now included in the genus Rhododendron: cultivated for their showy pink or purple flowers
[C18: via New Latin from Greek, from azaleos dry; from its supposed preference for a dry situation]

a•zal•ea

(əˈzeɪl yə)

n., pl. -eas.
any of numerous shrubs that constitute a group (Azalea) within the genus Rhododendron, of the heath family, comprising species with funnel-shaped flower clusters in a variety of colors.
[1750–60; < New Latin < Greek azaléa, n. use of feminine of azaléos dry; so named because it grows in dry soil]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.azalea - any of numerous ornamental shrubs grown for their showy flowers of various colorsazalea - any of numerous ornamental shrubs grown for their showy flowers of various colors
rhododendron - any shrub of the genus Rhododendron: evergreen shrubs or small shrubby trees having leathery leaves and showy clusters of campanulate (bell-shaped) flowers
Azaleastrum, subgenus Azalea, subgenus Azaleastrum - group of evergreen or deciduous shrubs formerly considered a separate genus; now included in the genus Rhododendron
Translations

azalea

[əˈzeɪlɪə] N (Bot) → azalea f

azalea

[əˈzeɪliə] n (= shrub, flower) → azalée f

azalea

nAzalee f

azalea

[əˈzeɪlɪə] nazalea
References in classic literature ?
The azaleas have been and still are gorgeous; I only planted them this spring and they almost at once began to flower, and the sheltered corner they are in looks as though it were filled with imprisoned and perpetual sunsets.
A table banked with flowers formed a screen behind it, and against the orchids and azaleas which the young man recognised as tributes from the Beaufort hot-houses, Madame Olenska sat half-reclined, her head propped on a hand and her wide sleeve leaving the arm bare to the elbow.
What had been the counter or "bar" of the saloon, gorgeous in white and gold, now sawn in two and divided, was set up on opposite sides of the room as separate dressing-tables, decorated with huge bunches of azaleas, that hid the rough earthenware bowls, and gave each table the appearance of a vestal altar.
The pines, great and small, grew wide apart; and even between the clumps of nutmeg and azalea, wide open spaces baked in the hot sunshine.
Having no ornaments fine enough for this important occasion, Amy looped her fleecy skirts with rosy clusters of azalea, and framed the white shoulders in delicate green vines.
Madame de Cintre walked some distance away, and paused before a great plant, an azalea, which was flourishing in a porcelain tub before her window.
They went together through the gorgeous unnatural beauty of cactus and azalea and found Leonard Quinton, poet and romancer, with his head hanging downward off his ottoman and his red curls sweeping the ground.
Botany cannot go farther than tell me the names of the shrubs which grow there--the high blueberry, panicled andromeda, lambkill, azalea, and rhodora--all standing in the quaking sphagnum.
According to the Tourist Department, 160,000 Azaleas will be planted this year, with up to 8 kinds of Azalea flowers.
COLOURFUL: Encore Azaleas will bring in an assortment of butterflies like this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
Dazzling dwarf Japanese azaleas are the dream plant for when space is limited.
To buy azaleas online, I would recommend visiting the Millais Nurseries website at rhododendrons.