oleander

noun

ole·​an·​der ˈō-lē-ˌan-dər How to pronounce oleander (audio)
ˌō-lē-ˈan-
: a poisonous evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) of the dogbane family with clusters of fragrant white to red flowers

Examples of oleander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cleland worked with Anderson Landscaping to add more than a dozen ‘Blue Ice’ Arizona cypresses, desert willows, manzanita ‘Dr Hurd’, mountain mahogany, pink and white oleanders, and New Mexican desert olive in addition to three purpleleaf plum trees. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024 When ingested, yellow oleander can cause severe neurological, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular effects. Madison Muller, Fortune, 14 Sep. 2023 Among the massive cacti, cascading bougainvillea, and bushes of pink and white oleander, the flowering plant grows wild in seemingly every nook of the nearly shadeless isle. Laura Van Straaten, Robb Report, 5 Nov. 2023 Dinner was served on long tables placed around the pool, while the party took place in another part of the garden behind a giant oleander. Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2023 The product turned out to be made entirely of yellow oleander. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2023 Some products, including one that tested positive for yellow oleander, are available to purchase directly on the app. Madison Muller, Fortune, 14 Sep. 2023 These severe cardiac symptoms seen in both the CDC and FDA cases are typical of yellow oleander poisoning, King explained. Julia Landwehr, Health, 19 Sep. 2023 Image shows authentic candlenuts and yellow oleander seeds on the left compared with sampled seeds from the brand Todorganic on the right. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin, alteration of arodandrum, lorandrum, perhaps alteration of Latin rhododendron — more at rhododendron

First Known Use

1545, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oleander was in 1545

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Cite this Entry

“Oleander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oleander. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

oleander

noun
ole·​an·​der ˈō-lē-ˌan-dər How to pronounce oleander (audio)
: a poisonous evergreen shrub with showy fragrant usually white, pink, or purple flowers

Medical Definition

oleander

noun
: 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

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