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 for Oleander
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Oleander \O`le*an"der\, n. [F. ol['e]andre (cf. It. oleandro,
     LL. lorandrum), prob. corrupted, under the influence of
     laurus laurel, fr. L. rhododendron, Gr. ?; ? rose + ? tree.]
     A beautiful evergreen shrub ({Nerium oleander) of the
     Dogbane family, having clusters of fragrant red, white, or
     pink flowers. It is a 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.
     [1913 Webster +PJC]
     Note: Every part of the plant is dangerously poisonous, and
           death has occured from using its wood for skewers in
           cooking meat.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an ornamental but poisonous flowering shrub having narrow
           evergreen leaves and clusters of fragrant white to pink or
           red flowers: native to East Indies but widely cultivated in
           warm regions [syn: oleander, rose bay, Nerium

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