Oleander meaning

ō'lē-ăn'dər, ō'lē-ăn'dər
A poisonous evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) of the dogbane family, with fragrant flowers of white, pink, or red and narrow, leathery leaves.
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(botany) Nerium oleander, a notoriously poisonous shrub in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, but nonetheless widely grown as an ornamental.
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A poisonous Eurasian evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander) with narrow leathery leaves, widely cultivated for its showy fragrant white, rose, or purple flowers.
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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