oleander

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ole·an·der

noun \ˈō-lē-ˌan-dər, ˌō-lē-ˈ\

: a bush with long, narrow leaves and white, pink, or yellow flowers

Full Definition of OLEANDER

:  a poisonous evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) of the dogbane family with clusters of fragrant white to red flowers

Origin of OLEANDER

Medieval Latin, alteration of arodandrum, lorandrum, perhaps alteration of Latin rhododendron — more at rhododendron
First Known Use: 1545

ole·an·der

noun \ˈō-lē-ˌan-dər, ˌō-lē-ˈ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OLEANDER

: a poisonous evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) of the dogbane family (Apocynaceae) with fragrant white to red flowers that contains oleandrin and was formerly used in medicine

oleander

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of the ornamental evergreen shrubs of the genus Nerium (dogbane family), which have poisonous milky juice. Numerous varieties of flower colour in the common oleander, or rosebay (N. oleander), have been introduced from greenhouse culture and are grown outdoors in warmer climates. All parts of the plant are very toxic if eaten, and contact with them may cause skin irritation.

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