Any of various shrubs of the genus Rhododendron in the heath family, having showy, variously colored flowers.
[Greek azaleā, from feminine of azaleos, dry (so called because it grows in dry soil or from the texture of its wood); see as- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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