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Euonymus \Eu*on"y*mus\, n. [NL. (cf. L. euonymos). fr. Gr. ?, lit., of good name.] (Bot.) A genus of small European and American trees; the spindle tree. The bark is used as a cathartic. [1913 Webster] ||


n. Any of many (often decorative) trees, shrubs and woody vines, of the genus ''Euonymus''.


Euonymus , often called spindle or spindle tree, is a genus of flowering plants in the staff vine family, Celastraceae. It comprises about 130 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and small trees. They are mostly native to East Asia, extending to the Himalayas, and they are also distributed in Europe, Australasia, North America, and Madagascar. 50 species are endemic to China.

Euonymus (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Euonymus (Εὐώνυμος "well-named", an euphemistic epithet) was the son of Gaia by either Uranus or Cephissus. He was the eponym of the deme Euonymeia, Attica, whereas his daughter Aulis gave her name to the city Aulis, Boeotia.

Usage examples of "euonymus".

Sharina and her escort came around a high wall of prickly euonymus to see a low brick residence set near the wall of the palace compound.

Ten yards of drought-starved lawn and a border of unhappy euonymus separated me from the stranger on the porch.

He entered the enclosed space of the courtyard, mentally naming what was in it, the shade-happy euonymus and lobelia, the dark-star coleus, the honey locust with its pinnate leaves and unsplit pods.

Similar adjudications have saved petunias, euonymus, and a popular species of amaryllis from demotion, but not many species of geraniums, which some years ago were transferred, amid howls, to the genus Pelargonium.