from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deciduous shrub (Rhododendron canadense) of northeast North America, having rose-purple, two-lipped flowers that bloom before the leaves appear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A former genus of Ericaceæ, now included in Rhododendron, section Azalea, but still giving name to the tribe Rhodoreæ.
- n. It was set apart chiefly on account of its prominently two-lipped flower, of which the lower lip consists of two petals, completely separate, or much more nearly so than the three divisions of the upper lip. There was but one species. See def. 2.
- n. [lowercase] A low deciduous shrub, Rhododendron Rhodora (Rhodora Canadensis), a native of cold and wet wooded places from Pennsylvania northward, often covering acres with its delicate rosy flowers, which appear before the leaves.
Latin rhodōra, variant of rōdarum, a kind of plant, of Gaulish origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)