azalea

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Definition of azalea

  1. :  any of a subgenus (Azalea) of rhododendrons with funnel-shaped corollas and usually deciduous leaves including many species and hybrid forms cultivated as ornamentals

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Origin and Etymology of azalea

New Latin, genus name, from Greek, feminine of azaleos dry, from azein to parch, dry; akin to Hittite ḫat- to dry up and probably to Latin ador emmer


AZALEA Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of azalea for English Language Learners

  • : a type of bush that has colorful flowers that bloom in the spring


AZALEA Defined for Kids

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noun aza·lea \ə-ˈzāl-yə\

Definition of azalea for Students

  1. :  a usually small bush that has flowers of many colors which are shaped like funnels



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