from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See euonymus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any shrub or tree of the genus Eunymus. The wood of E. Europæus was used for spindles and skewers. See Prickwood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A European shrub or small tree, Euonymus Europæa (E. vulgaris), growing in hedge-rows, on borders of woods, etc.

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

  • n. any shrubby trees or woody vines of the genus Euonymus having showy usually reddish berries


So called because the wood is often used to make spindles.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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