- any of various flowering shrubs (genus Rhododendron) of the heath family: the flowers are of various colors, and the leaves are usually shed each season
- the flower of any of these shrubs
Origin of azaleaModern Latin from Gr, feminine of azaleos, dry: so called because it thrives in dry soil
Origin of azaleaGreek azaleā from feminine of azaleos dry (so called because it grows in dry soil or from the texture of its wood) ; see as- in Indo-European roots.
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀζαλέος (azaleos, “dry”), because it grows in dry soil; from αζειν (azein, “to dry up”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éHōs.
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀζαλέος (azaleos, “dry”), because it grows in dry soil.