Origin of oleanderML, earlier also lorandrum: altered from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Classical Latin rhododendron
a poisonous evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) of the dogbane family, with fragrant flowers of white, pink, or red and narrow, leathery leaves
A poisonous Eurasian evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) with narrow leathery leaves, widely cultivated for its showy fragrant white, rose, or purple flowers. Also called rosebay .
Origin of oleanderMedieval Latin probably alteration ( influenced by Latin olea olive ) of Late Latin lorandrum rhododendron alteration ( probably influenced by Latin laurea, lōrea laurel, because of its similar-shaped leaves ) of Late Latin rodandrum from Latin rhododendron ; see rhododendron .
- They later learned that Tommy had gathered oleander sticks, one of the most poisonous plants in the area, and the heat from the fire had transferred the oleander poison to the hot dogs.
- The sugar-cane flourishes, the cotton-plant ripens to perfection, date-trees are seen in the gardens, the rocks are clothed with the prickly-pear or Indian fig, the enclosures of the fields are formed by aloes and sometimes pomegranates, the liquorice-root grows wild, and the mastic, the myrtle and many varieties of oleander and cistus form the underwood of the natural forests of arbutus and evergreen oak.
- The oleander grows here to be a tree, and there is a banyan tree, said to be the only one growing out of doors in the United States.
- The Mediterranean basin has been a centre of preservation of Mibcene vegetation: the oleander is said to have been found in local deposits of even earlier age, and the hoim oak (Quercus hex) is the living representative of a Miocene ancestor.
- On the north the hills rise gradually from the shore, which is fringed with oleander bushes and indented with small bays.