- 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.
Origin of euonymus
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Examples from the Web for euonymus
Mer also was intimate with a heathen philosopher, Euonymus of Gadara.History of the Jews, Vol. II (of 6)
Euonymus, the spindle trees or prickwoods, a genus of shrubs or trees, nat.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
Two shrubby species of Euonymus belong to the flora of North America, but the bulk of the large family is tropical.Trees Worth Knowing
Julia Ellen Rogers
Within the vehicle were only the few roses she had been able to gather, with cedar and euonymus.Sons and Fathers
Harry Stillwell Edwards
Then there is the Euonymus, so bright with its glossy green leaves, long a favorite whether for the border or window garden.Talks about Flowers.
M. D. Wellcome
- 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
C18: from Latin: spindle tree, from Greek euōnumos fortunately named, from eu- + onoma name
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