ole·​an·​der | \ ˈō-lē-ˌan-dər How to pronounce oleander (audio) , ˌō-lē-ˈan- \

Definition of oleander

: 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 But few of the ladies wafting in their enormous bonnets among the oleander on the garden terraces, or the gentlemen smoking cigars by the seawall, could see the shadows that were encroaching on their famous hosts. Stanley Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 24 Apr. 2022 Carson had learned that a compound from oleander, a toxic ornamental plant, had reduced reproduction of the virus in preliminary experiments, in monkey cells grown in the lab. Dallas News, 15 July 2021 Trumpist Mike Lindell, who amassed a $300 million fortune by huckstering branded pillows, urged the president to back an herbal oleander extract as a coronavirus treatment. Matthew Hongoltz-hetling, The New Republic, 23 June 2021 Consuming any part of the oleander plant can cause vomiting, along with changes in heart rate and heart rhythm, Wismer said, and the seeds, or beans, of castor oil plants can cause an upset stomach, tremors and organ failure. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 Le Grand Controle offers up fabulous views of the palace's famous Orangerie, a garden building designed by French architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart that features orange, lemon, oleander, palm and pomegranate trees. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 2 June 2021 Among the plants subjected to the most damage were xylosma, oleander, boxwood, Japanese plum (loquat), dwarf pittosporum and viburnum. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2021 This year the list is longer and includes more cold-hardy plants such as oleander, rosemary, blue plumbago, viburnum, lantana, roses, shrimp plant, roses and Turks cap. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Mar. 2021 As the coronavirus crisis deepened, Lindell caught flak in August for championing the unproven treatment of oleander after investing in a company that produced a compound from it. Steve Karnowski, ajc, 23 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of oleander

1545, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oleander

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

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“Oleander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oleander. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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ole·​an·​der | \ ˈō-lē-ˌan-dər, ˌō-lē-ˈ How to pronounce oleander (audio) \

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

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