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oleander

[oh-lee-an-der, oh-lee-an-] /ˈoʊ liˌæn dər, ˌoʊ liˈæn-/
noun
1.
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
1540-1550
1540-50; < Medieval Latin oleander, oliandrum, obscurely akin to Late Latin laurandrum, perhaps a conflation of Latin laurus laurel and rhododendron rhododendron
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oleander

/ˌəʊlɪˈændə/
noun
1.
a poisonous evergreen Mediterranean apocynaceous shrub or tree, Nerium oleander, with fragrant white, pink, or purple flowers Also called rosebay
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin, variant of arodandrum, perhaps from Latin rhododendron
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Word Origin and History for oleander
n.

"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.

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