Azalea



any of numerous shrubs belonging to a particular group (Azalea) of the genus Rhododendron, of the heath family, comprising species with handsome flower clusters of various colors, some of which are familiar in cultivation: the group was formerly the botanical genus Azalea but is now a horticultural classification.
Contemporary Examples

J. Lo introduced the pair, and, guys, J. Lo is a big, big fan and apparently recently worked with azalea.
Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments Kevin Fallon August 24, 2014

azalea—then Amethyst Kelly—was born in Sydney and moved to Miami when she was 16.
Stop Being So Surprised By the Rise of Iggy Azalea Kevin Fallon May 29, 2014

Something named Rita Ora performed with azalea, looking like Rihanna and singing like Katy Perry and lacking any of their energy.
Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments Kevin Fallon August 24, 2014

In any case, azalea instead performed her new single, “Black Widow.”
Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments Kevin Fallon August 24, 2014

Every artist is inspired by other musicians, and azalea has even said that Stefani has influenced her sound.
Stop Being So Surprised By the Rise of Iggy Azalea Kevin Fallon May 29, 2014

Historical Examples

She had eaten nothing since the day before, only sipping the coffee azalea had brought her.
The Mountain Girl Payne Erskine

I looked in my memorandum book for the address of azalea Adair.
Strictly Business O. Henry

When the milk and wine had been brought the doctor soon revived azalea Adair.
Strictly Business O. Henry

azalea Adair breathed a soft apology and went to investigate the sound.
Strictly Business O. Henry

Just a week or two ago the dominant odor among these was the sticky sweetness of the azalea.
Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard

noun
any ericaceous plant of the group Azalea, formerly a separate genus but now included in the genus Rhododendron: cultivated for their showy pink or purple flowers
n.

1753, coined by Linnaeus from the fem. of Greek azaleos “dry,” related to azein “to dry up” (see ash (n.1)). The plant thrives in sandy soil.

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