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Any of various shrubs of the genus Rhododendron in the heath family, having showy, variously colored flowers.
(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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||azalea - 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