rhododendron

[roh-duh-den-druhn]
noun
any evergreen or deciduous shrub or tree belonging to the genus Rhododendron, of the heath family, having rounded clusters of showy, pink, purple, or white flowers and oval or oblong leaves.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin < Greek rhodódendron (rhódo- rhodo- + déndron tree)

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rhododendron (ˌrəʊdəˈdɛndrən)
 
n
See also azalea Also called (US): rosebay any ericaceous shrub of the genus Rhododendron, native to S Asia but widely cultivated in N temperate regions. They are mostly evergreen and have clusters of showy red, purple, pink, or white flowers
 
[C17: from Latin: oleander, from Greek, from rhodon rose + dendron tree]

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rhododendron
1601, from L. rhododendron, from Gk. rhododendron, lit. "rose-tree," from rhodon "rose" (see rose) + dendron "tree."
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Example sentences
The trackers are accompanied a tangle of rhododendron.
When you tire of riding, hike park trails leading through dense rhododendron
  stands.
Look especially for the many types of rhododendron, including azaleas.
The campground is shaded by an oak forest, full of rhododendron and mountain
  laurels.
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