Oleander Definition

ōlē-ăndər, ōlē-ăndər
oleanders
noun
oleanders
A poisonous evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) of the dogbane family, with fragrant flowers of white, pink, or red and narrow, leathery leaves.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Nerium oleanderrose bay

Other Word Forms of Oleander

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Singular:
oleander
Plural:
oleanders

Origin of Oleander

  • Medieval 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 rhododendron

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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