euonymus

[ yoo-on-uh-muh s ]
/ yuˈɒn ə məs /

noun

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
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euonymus

evonymus

/ (juːˈɒnɪməs) /

noun

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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