[ 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

Can be confused

anomalous anonymous euonymus unanimous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for euonymus



/ (juːˈɒnɪməs) /


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 for euonymus

C18: from Latin: spindle tree, from Greek euōnumos fortunately named, from eu- + onoma name
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