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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Celastraceae — shrubs often cultivated as ornamental plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of small European and American trees; the spindle tree. The bark is used as a cathartic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A celastraceous genus of shrubs and small trees, natives of northern temperate regions, including about 40 species.
  • n. [lowercase] The bark of Euonymus atropurpurea, which is used as a purgative and laxative.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. widely distributed chiefly evergreen shrubs or small trees or vines

Etymologies

From Latin euonymos (Pliny), from Ancient Greek εὐώνυμος (euōnumos, "lucky"), from εὖ (eu, "good") + ὄνομα (onoma, "name") (Wiktionary)

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