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spindle tree

any of various shrubs or trees of the genus Euonymus, esp E. europaeus, of Europe and W Asia, typically having red fruits and yielding a hard wood formerly used in making spindles: family Celastraceae
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  • Half hidden by a spindle tree, they were sitting on the grass in the middle of the lawn.

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  • The large-fruited Euonymus (spindle tree) is another good thing too little grown.

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