from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several shrubs of the genus Rhododendron, especially R. maximum of the southeast United States, having large glossy leaves and flowers with a rose-pink, bell-shaped corolla with green spots. Also called great laurel.
  • n. See oleander.
  • n. Chiefly British The willow herb.

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  • n. oleander
  • n. rosebay willowherb

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the oleander.
  • n. Any shrub of the genus Rhododendron.
  • n. An herb (Epilobium spicatum) with showy purple flowers, common in Europe and North America; -- called also great willow herb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of several plants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ornamental but poisonous flowering shrub having narrow evergreen leaves and clusters of fragrant white to pink or red flowers: native to East Indies but widely cultivated in warm regions
  • n. late-spring-blooming rhododendron of eastern North America having rosy to pink-purple flowers


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  • Even in the really bright pink flowers such as rosebay willowherb, blue sneaks in to add a trace of purple as it does in wild thyme and centaury.

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  • In the waste ground by the edge of Hollingside wood tall spikes of rosebay willowherb, tipped with the last of their purple flowers, were releasing their downy seeds.

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  • In the exposed plantation known as Sentry Hill Wood, beech leaves are brown and the patch of Lloyd George's ground left as downland when a tax was imposed on reclamation is covered in rank bracken and bedraggled rosebay willowherb interspersed with gorse, rowan, willow and oak.

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  • Now is the time for the towering spikes of purple foxgloves and pink rosebay willow-herb.

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  • Hence why, 12 hours later, I'm learning to pick nettles, hogweed, and rosebay willowherbs in a thicket on Hampstead Heath.

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  • As I understand it, there is a native species of rosebay willowherb and a North American species.

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  • Hearty yellow-flowered gorse poked through those sweeping fans as though caring little for the prerogatives of royalty, and rosebay crept up the border of the planting in low growing mats.


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  • Vegetables and fruit-trees were flanked by herbaceous borders running down to a tarred fence at the end, where a curtain of giant convolvulus, drooping over a mass of mallow and foxglove, borage and rosebay willow-herb, suggested that Miss Barnslow had not yet got round to the task of civilizing this corner of the estate.

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  • What more gratifying to the eye of the wanderer than the luxuriant vegetation and lavish profusion of the gorgeous flowers upon the mountain slopes, radiant rhododendron, rosebay, and laurel, and the azalea rising like flame; or the rare beauties of the water -- the cataract of Linville, taking its shimmering leap into the gorge, and that romantic river poetically celebrated in the lines:

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