Friday, June 12, 2009

Etymology of Rhododendron

cue the trumpets

I always thought that the name of this hillside brush sounded like the name of a dinosaur or evil comic book character. Rhododendron, Eater of Souls, or something like that. Sadly the etymology of rhododendron is disappointingly boring. It hasn't changed from the original L. rhododendron, meaning "rose tree."

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