[roh-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh, ruh-]


a low North American shrub, Rhododendron canadense, of the heath family, having rose-colored flowers that appear before the leaves.

Origin of rhodora

First recorded in 1780–90, rhodora is from the Latin word rhodōra name of a plant
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Historical Examples of rhodora

  • There the agony ended for the other girls, and there it began for Rhodora Boyd.

    Short Sixes

    H. C. Bunner

  • The attractive blossoms of the Rhodora brighten the woods with their splendor.


    Alan Douglas

  • Whittier himself noted that he was indebted for this line to Emerson's "Rhodora"

  • For this and the other varieties see Rhodora of September, 1919.

    The Fern Lover's Companion

    George Henry Tilton

  • Together we observed Rhodora, standing close by Grandmother's side.

    A Court of Inquiry

    Grace S. Richmond