Dictionary » O » Oleander



(Science: botany) A beautiful evergreen shrub of the dogbane family, having clusters of fragrant red or white flowers. It is native of the East Indies, but the red variety has become common in the south of Europe. Called also rosebay, rose laurel, and South-sea rose.

every part of the plant is dangerously poisonous, and death has occured from using its wood for skewers in cooking meat.

Origin: F. Oleandre (cf. It. Oleandro, LL. Lorandrum), prob. Corrupted, under the influence of laurus laurel, fr. L. Rhododendron, Gr.; rose _ tree.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 1,202 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link