oleander

noun
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 Nerium oleander is an evergreen shrub commonly found in backyards and along roadways. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio-area oleander farm is go-to for anti-aging creams," 11 Oct. 2019 Yellowish oleander aphids also are common on milkweeds this time of year. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Milkweed bugs and butternut squash," 26 Sep. 2019 The beautification work, which includes the planting of 10,000-11,000 trees, boasts pine, crape myrtles and oleander varieties. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "TxDOT keeps U.S. 290 projects moving forward in Cypress area," 5 Aug. 2019 By the spring of 1946, within a year of the bombing of Hiroshima, red oleander was blooming once more. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 Then the landscape changes to bone-dry river beds lined with palms and oleander, before, finally, becoming rust-hued desert. Jen Murphy, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hiking the Jordan Trail to Petra," 25 Apr. 2018 For a 3- to 5-foot hedge, consider dwarf yaupon holly, Chinese mahonia, dwarf sasanqua, dwarf oleander, azaleas, Indian hawthorn, nandina and Rotunda holly. NOLA.com, "How to plant some privacy: 4 tips for growing a hedge," 27 Jan. 2018 Keep an eye on the forecast before taking the clippers to that dead wood on lantana, hibiscus, es-peranza, duranta, plumbago, oleander and firebush. Kathy Huber, Houston Chronicle, "After the freeze comes the cleanup in the garden," 19 Jan. 2018 For hedges 6- to 10-feet tall, ligustrum, cleyera, camellia, sasanqua, oleander, dwarf Burford holly, gardenia, pittosporum, and Indian azaleas are possible choices. NOLA.com, "How to plant some privacy: 4 tips for growing a hedge," 27 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of oleander was in 1545

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23 Jan 2020

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“Oleander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oleander. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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oleander

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How to pronounce oleander (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of oleander

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

oleander

noun
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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