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[yoo-on-uh-muh s] /yuˈɒn ə məs/
any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Euonymus, of northern temperate regions, having opposite leaves, branching clusters of small, greenish or purplish flowers, and crimson or rose-colored capsules that on opening disclose the seed.
Also, evonymus.
Origin of euonymus
1760-70; < New Latin; Latin, noun use of Greek euṓnymos of good name. See eu-, -onym, -ous
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any tree or shrub of the N temperate genus Euonymus, such as the spindle tree, whose seeds are each enclosed in a fleshy, typically red, aril: family Celastraceae
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: spindle tree, from Greek euōnumos fortunately named, from eu- + onomaname
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