- any of numerous shrubs belonging to a particular group (Azalea) of the genus Rhododendron, of the heath family, comprising species with handsome flower clusters of various colors, some of which are familiar in cultivation: the group was formerly the botanical genus Azalea but is now a horticultural classification.
Origin of azalea
1750–60; < New Latin < Greek azaléa, noun use of feminine of azaléos dry; so named because it grows in dry soil
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Azalea Adair and I had conversation, a little of which will be repeated to you.
Azalea Adair rose without surprise or emotion and disappeared.
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Azalea Adair breathed a soft apology and went to investigate the sound.
- any ericaceous plant of the group Azalea, formerly a separate genus but now included in the genus Rhododendron: cultivated for their showy pink or purple flowers
C18: via New Latin from Greek, from azaleos dry; from its supposed preference for a dry situation
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Word Origin and History for azalea
1753, coined by Linnaeus from the fem. of Greek azaleos "dry," related to azein "to dry up" (see ash (n.1)). The plant thrives in sandy soil.
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