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azalea Name given to certain shrubs and small trees of the genus Rhododendron, from temperate regions of Asia and North America. Mostly deciduous, they have leathery leaves and funnel-shaped red, pink, magenta, orange, yellow or white flowers, sometimes variegated. Family Ericaceae.

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a·zal·ea / əˈzālyə/ • n. a deciduous flowering shrub (genus Rhododendron) of the heath family with clusters of brightly colored flowers.

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azalea XVIII. — modL. — Gr. azaléa, sb. use of fem. of azaléos dry, so called because it flourishes in dry soil.

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Azalea See RHODODENDRON.