rhododendron

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noun rho·do·den·dron \ˌrō-də-ˈden-drən\

Definition of rhododendron

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of rhododendron

New Latin, from Latin, oleander, from Greek, from rhod- + dendron tree — more at dendr-


First Known Use: 1664


RHODODENDRON Defined for English Language Learners

rhododendron

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noun rho·do·den·dron \ˌrō-də-ˈden-drən\

Definition of rhododendron for English Language Learners

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


RHODODENDRON Defined for Kids

rhododendron

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noun rho·do·den·dron \ˌrō-də-ˈden-drən\

Definition of rhododendron for Students

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



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