aza·​lea | \ ə-ˈzāl-yə \

Definition of azalea

: 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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There’s a pretty easy 2.5 mile loop trail that that takes you through big sharp rocky peaks, dense forest, walls of azalea and mountain laurel, and over a high-elevation, crystal clear stream. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Asheville, the Arts-Filled City Where Pottery Is Thriving," 23 Nov. 2018 Lace bugs are extremely common on both azaleas and andromeda, shrubs that like moist organic soil and partial shade. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: How to keep lace bugs from turning your plants yellow," 17 May 2018 The other plants used throughout the three houses range from lilies and azaleas to paperwhites, amaryllis, and mini-evergreens. Robert Khederian, Town & Country, "How Newport's Gilded Age Mansions Are Decorated for Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 Even more than the azaleas and the pimento cheese sandwiches, the roar of the crowd is what sets the Masters apart. Stephanie Apstein,, "At Augusta, Tiger Woods Was Caught Between Being a Star and an Elder Statesman," 8 Apr. 2018 Pruning time for azaleas and camellias is over; continue to prune gardenias and bougainvillea. Tom Maccubbin,, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 The grounds now showcase over 400 varieties of camellias, azaleas, and other native and ornamental plants, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a news release. Bob Warren,, "Bayou Lacombe Center seeks volunteers for work day-canoe trip," 8 Jan. 2018 In Orlando, beautification efforts involved planting palms, azaleas and flowering trees and shrubs throughout the city. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Orlando streetscapes take calendar spotlight," 6 May 2018 Everywhere there were azaleas, dogwoods, pines, emerald fairways, pristine greens. Margaret Mary Finlan,, "Personal Journey: The Green of Augusta," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of azalea

1755, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of azalea

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


aza·​lea | \ ə-ˈzāl-yə \

Kids Definition of azalea

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

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