• Rhododendron Flavum, G. Don. / Azalea Pontica, L
    Rhododendron Flavum, G. Don. / Azalea Pontica, L
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n azalea any of numerous ornamental shrubs grown for their showy flowers of various colors
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more than 700 species of plants that grow in the United States that have been identified as dangerous if eaten. Among them are some that are commonly favored by gardeners: buttercups, daffodils, lily of the valley, sweet peas, oleander, azalea, bleeding heart, delphinium, and rhododendron.
    • n Azalea (Bot) A genus of showy flowering shrubs, mostly natives of China or of North America; false honeysuckle. The genus is scarcely distinct from Rhododendron.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n azalea A genus of ericaceous plants, now referred to Rhododendron.
    • n azalea [lowercase] A plant or flower belonging to this genus. See Rhododendron.
    • n azalea [lowercase] A name of a species of plants of the genus Loiseleuria, the Alpine azalea L. procumbens.
    • n azalea Azalea arborescens, a species growing in the Alleghanies, forming a small tree and bearing innumerable white and pink spicy-scented flowers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Azalea a-zā′le-a a genus of shrubby plants, with fine white, yellow, or crimson flowers, mostly natives of China or North America, closely allied to the rhododendron.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
[NL., fr. Gr. dry, -- so called because supposed to grow best in dry ground.]
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. azaleos, dry—aza, dryness.


In literature:

Everywhere azaleas made the air sweet and the steep slopes wonderful with colour.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
Can't say I care about the way he's placed his azalea.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, May 27, 1893" by Various
Azaleas, laurels, and tiny clumps of bamboos, are the most common plants to be seen in these charming little spots of greenery.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
The sweet azalea repeated it.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
Azaleas, laurels, and tiny clumps of bamboos are the most common plants to be seen.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
Every mountain peak was covered with red, white, and pink azaleas.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
Azalea, New England woods and elsewhere.
"Harper's Young People, April 13, 1880" by Various
Azaleas made a big snow-bed just above the well.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Such a mass of azaleas.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, April 12, 1890" by Various
The thrushes have all come; and I sit down upon the first rock, with hands full of the pink azalea, to listen.
"Eighth Reader" by James Baldwin

In poetry:

Of a giant or extinct
Animal, come from another
Age, another planet surely. Flanked
By the orange and fuchsia bonfire
Of azaleas, sacrosanct
"Child's Park Stones" by Sylvia Plath
Colored to dull the pigment
Of azaleas, yet burnt out
Quick as they. To follow the light's tint
And intensity by midnight
By noon and throughout the brunt
"Child's Park Stones" by Sylvia Plath
No sweeter bowers the bee delayed,
In wild Hymettus' scented shade,
Than those you dwell among;
Snow-flowered azaleas, intertwined
With roses, over banks inclined
With trembling harebells hung!
"To -----" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There's wild azalea on the hill, and iris down the dell,
And just one spray of lilac still abloom beside the well;
The columbine adorns the rocks, the laurel buds grow pink,
Along the stream white arums gleam, and violets bend to drink.
"The Angler’s Reveille" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Azalea City Florist designer Tonya Whitaker recently won first place in the Southwest Georgia Floral Association designer competition.
Owner of Azalea City Florist Laurie DeLoach and designer Tonya Whitaker get a big kick out of their upside-down Christmas tree.
VALDOSTA — Azalea City Florist has successfully been in business for 37 years, but now under new ownership, Jeff and Laurie DeLoach are taking one of Valdosta's staple flower shops to the next level.
Double-take: Azaleas and rhododendrons practically the same.
The club raised the money by running the Azalea Garden Tour during the Azalea Festival.
Bravo is one of a couple dozen types of Encore azaleas that bloom spring and fall and occasionally summer.
I heard about some special azaleas that bloom in the summer.
In the eastern woodlands of the United States, several species of deciduous azaleas bloom in mid-to-late summer.
' Buffy ' Takes Center Stage in Calder's Azalea.
Best Bang for Your Buck Winner: Azalea Emerald City Intermission Round Up.
Best Bar for Getting Flat-Out Drunk Winner: Emerald City Azalea Sandshaker Lounge Sir Richard's.
Thousands more people will be able to enjoy the North Carolina Azalea Festival's concerts at a larger location next April.
He attended Azalea City Church of Christ in Semmes.
Thousands more people will be able to enjoy the North Carolina Azalea Festival 's concerts at a larger location next April.
Azaleas have formed their flower buds and major pruning at this time to reduce height and width would cut off potential blooms.