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
Recent Examples of azalea from the Web
August 4, 2015: Azalea opens up about plastic surgery to Seventeen.
October 12 2014 A photo of Azalea without makeup went viral and Snoop Dogg even joined in.
While Meg and her mother were on route to Children's of Alabama, a police officer searched the azalea bushes, took a photo of the snake, and texted it to Scott-Trammell.
Nary a blade of Kentucky bluegrass, nor an azalea, nor a rhododendron grows here.
Old azaleas, camellias and other shrubs survived several years of drought, but couldn’t withstand all the excess rain.
Visually, the green-blue background colors blend beautifully into the verdant streetscape, but the lettering pops like azalea blossoms (which Mr. Dylan mentions later in the extended quote).
Question: Our azaleas are filling with what looks like Spanish moss.
This drive began long ago, in the back seat of his father’s car, when Dempsey was a kid in Nacogdoches, a small, East Texas town famous for blueberries and azaleas and once infamously accused by Groucho Marx as being full of roaches.
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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
First Known Use: 1755See Words from the same year
AZALEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of azalea for English Language Learners
: a type of bush that has colorful flowers that bloom in the spring
AZALEA Defined for Kids
Definition of azalea for Students
: a usually small bush that has flowers of many colors which are shaped like funnels
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