oleander

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noun ole·an·der \ˈō-lē-ˌan-dər, ˌō-lē-ˈan-\

Definition of oleander

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

Origin and Etymology of oleander

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


First Known Use: 1545


OLEANDER Defined for English Language Learners

oleander

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noun ole·an·der \ˈō-lē-ˌan-dər, ˌō-lē-ˈan-\

Definition of oleander for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

oleander

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noun ole·an·der \ˈō-lē-ˌan-dər, ˌō-lē-ˈ\

Medical Definition of oleander

  1. :  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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