rho·​do·​den·​dron | \ ˌrō-də-ˈden-drən How to pronounce rhododendron (audio) \

Definition of rhododendron

: any of a genus (Rhododendron) of widely cultivated shrubs and trees of the heath family with alternate leaves and showy flowers especially : one with leathery evergreen leaves as distinguished from a deciduous azalea

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Recent Examples on the Web Privacy was what Joe wanted, a screen of hemlocks and rhododendron bushes to form a green wall around the property. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Joe Biden’s Money Misadventures," 11 Sep. 2020 The arboretum has a large collection of brightly colored rhododendron plants, currently in peak bloom. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Holden Arboretum: A nature lover’s dream to be enjoyed by all," 11 June 2020 Like seeing the rhododendron starting to bloom this year -- the first year in how long? Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Garden escapades enlighten, delight: Sun Messages," 9 June 2020 Worry about how much summer heat a rhododendron will take. Steve Bender, Southern Living, "Spectacular Rhododendrons: How To Grow and Care for the Popular Shrub," 8 June 2020 Anne Nickoloff reports the general opening is just in time for the grounds’ rhododendron bloom. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Tourist attractions want Ohio to announce reopening date: The Wake Up for Thursday, May 28, 2020," 28 May 2020 Alpine meadows burst with blossoms and colors including yellow rhododendron, purple mountain heather, pink azaleas, fuchsia fireweeds, and the white stars of the eschscholtz starwort. Eva Sohlman, New York Times, "Forged by Volcanoes, Kamchatka Offers Majestic, Magnetic Wilds," 7 Oct. 2019 In general, rhododendrons need supplemental water during our dry months. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Make sure rhododendrons get enough water through dry months," 3 May 2020 Nature’s green generosity was on display, brightened by bursts of pink and purple rhododendrons. Amy Alipio, National Geographic, "Why hiking Wales is one of our best trips for 2020," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of rhododendron

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhododendron

borrowed from New Latin (linnaeus), going back to Latin, "oleander, a plant of the Black Sea region described by Pliny whose honey is toxic (probably Rhododendron ponticum)," borrowed from Greek rhodódendron, from rhodo- rhodo- + déndron "tree" — more at dendro-

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“Rhododendron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhododendron. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rhododendron

: an evergreen bush that has large, bright flowers and that is often grown in gardens


rho·​do·​den·​dron | \ ˌrō-də-ˈden-drən How to pronounce rhododendron (audio) \

Kids Definition of rhododendron

: a shrub with leathery evergreen leaves and showy clusters of flowers

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