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.
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How to use euonymus in a sentence
Opposite leaves of euonymus, or Spindle-tree, showing the successive pairs crossing each other at right angles.The Elements of Botany | Asa Gray
Very common in gardens about Wellington: sometimes does much damage to euonymus shrubs and hedges.
Mer also was intimate with a heathen philosopher, euonymus of Gadara.History of the Jews, Vol. II (of 6) | Heinrich Graetz
Affghan plants have nearly ended, Moacurra and euonymus alone continuing.Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and The | William Griffith
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
British Dictionary definitions for euonymus
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
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