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azalea (n.)

type of flowering shrub, 1753, Modern Latin, coined by Linnaeus from the fem. of Greek azaleos "dry," related to azein "to dry up," probably from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow." The plant thrives in sandy soil.

updated on September 15, 2018

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Definitions of azalea from WordNet

azalea (n.)
any of numerous ornamental shrubs grown for their showy flowers of various colors;
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