American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various shrubs of the genus Rhododendron having showy, variously colored flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of ericaceous plants, now referred to Rhododendron.
- n. [lowercase] A plant or flower belonging to this genus. See Rhododendron.
- n. [lowercase] A name of a species of plants of the genus Loiseleuria, the Alpine azalea L. procumbens.
- n. Azalea arborescens, a species growing in the Alleghanies, forming a small tree and bearing innumerable white and pink spicy-scented flowers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of showy flowering shrubs, mostly natives of China or of North America; false honeysuckle. The genus is scarcely distinct from Rhododendron.
- n. any of numerous ornamental shrubs grown for their showy flowers of various colors
- From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀζαλέος (azaleos, "dry"), because it grows in dry soil. (Wiktionary)
- Greek azaleā, from feminine of azaleos, dry (so called because it grows in dry soil or from the texture of its wood). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The groundcover around the azalea is a campanula that's gotten out of control.”
“Another method of renewal pruning evergreen azalea is to cut it hard, leaving five to 10 branches about six to 12 inches tall on which the plant can re-grow.”
“But his next shot headed right and landed in azalea bushes, where he took a penalty stroke, before reaching the green and two-putting for six.”
“The fragrant azalea is also said to have colored the side-hills in earlier times, of spots where they are now only found scattered here and there.”
“_Azalea_ -- The azalea is the most beautiful flowering shrub -- if not the most beautiful of all winter flowering plants.”
“Some houseplants, such as azalea, lilies, ivy and begonias, can be toxic to dogs.”
“Other garden plants used indoors for the holidays. such as azalea, cyclamen, or hydrangea. should be put outside in a sheltered place until planted in a permanent spot.”
“Plants such as Lily of the Valley, foxglove, oleander and azalea are very toxic, says Dr. Muller, who suggests labeling all houseplants and keeping a close eye on children when outdoors.”
“The pink shrub is the evergreen azalea ‘Girard Rose.’”
“The yellow shrub is the deciduous azalea ‘Northern Lights.’”
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