from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deciduous shrub (Rhododendron periclymenoides) of the southeast United States, having a funnel-shaped pink or purple corolla and flowers that bloom before the leaves appear.
From Pinkster, Pinxter, Whitsuntide, from obsolete Dutch pinxter, from Middle Dutch, ultimately from Greek pentēkostē, Pentecost; see Pentecost.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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