- a poisonous shrub, Nerium oleander, of the dogbane family, native to southern Eurasia, having evergreen leaves and showy clusters of pink, red, or white flowers, and widely cultivated as an ornamental.
Origin of oleander
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Historical Examples of oleander
Whatever it was, poor Oleander was certainly hard at work now.Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman
Emma Speed Sampson
Near them was a grove of oleander bushes, loaded with beautiful blossoms.The Giraffe Hunters
Such terms as "gravel" and "oleander" had produced this attraction.The Rest Hollow Mystery
Rebecca N. Porter
Fig. 52 shows an oleander cutting at a, a carnation at b, and a geranium at c.The Nursery Book
Liberty Hyde Bailey
You yourself, maestro, told me to resort to the oleander leaves.The Wolf Cub
- a poisonous evergreen Mediterranean apocynaceous shrub or tree, Nerium oleander, with fragrant white, pink, or purple flowersAlso called: rosebay
Word Origin for oleander
"rose bay," a poisonous evergreen Mediterranean shrub, c.1400, from Medieval Latin oleander, probably (by influence of Latin olea "olive tree") from Late Latin lorandrum, from Latin rhododendron (see rhododendron), itself altered by influence of Latin laurea "laurel," on resemblance of leaves. This round-about etymology is supported by the French word for it, laurier rose.