azalea

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noun aza·lea \ə-ˈzāl-yə\

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

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


First Known Use: 1760


AZALEA Defined for English Language Learners

azalea

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noun aza·lea \ə-ˈzāl-yə\

Definition of azalea for English Language Learners

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


AZALEA Defined for Kids

azalea

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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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