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[roh-duh-den-druh n] /ˌroʊ dəˈdɛn drən/
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 of rhododendron
1595-1605; < Latin < Greek rhodódendron (rhódo- rhodo- + déndron tree) Unabridged
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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 Also called (US) rosebay See also azalea
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: oleander, from Greek, from rhodon rose + dendron tree
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Word Origin and History for rhododendron

c.1600, from French rhododendron and directly from Latin rhododendron, from Greek rhododendron, literally "rose-tree," from rhodon "rose" (see rose (n.1)) + dendron "tree" (see dendro-).

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