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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Everywhere there were azaleas, dogwoods, pines, emerald fairways, pristine greens. Margaret Mary Finlan,, "Personal Journey: The Green of Augusta," 25 May 2018 Rhododendron, azalea, rockrose (Cistus) and ceanothus are a few of these., "When to prune shrubs, and when to put down the clippers," 24 Feb. 2018 Your andromeda and azaleas have lace bugs, an insect that inserts its feeding tube into the leaf and sucks out the contents of plant cells. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: How to keep lace bugs from turning your plants yellow," 17 May 2018 Pine trees and azaleas thrive in weed-resistant bark. Janet Eastman,, "Home-selling etiquette: Lake Oswego homeowner's letter to neighbors (photos)," 8 June 2018 Crabapple trees and azaleas will be putting on a show soon, too, as will lilac bushes, adding their pleasantly pungent scent to the air. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Madison Arboretum draws hikers, birders and researchers," 11 May 2018 Other native azaleas bloom later over the summer and are just as fragrant. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: This Fourth of July, think about choosing a native plant," 28 June 2018 Only recently, a jogger in her 50s was dragged off the street and raped among the azaleas. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Florida, Full of Dread," 14 June 2018 Howard says around 80 percent of landscaping in New Orleans is composed of non-native plants, such as crape myrtles, azaleas and hydrangeas. Kendra Parks,, "Master gardeners celebrate the tricentennial and bring native plants back to New Orleans," 24 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


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Kids Definition of azalea

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

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