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)
The curious thing is that we often encounter solitary trees: a single elder by the track, a spindle tree and its bright pink berries, a lone rope of traveller’s joy hoisted over a hazel bush.