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[So called because the wood is often used to make spindles.]
(Plants) any of various shrubs or trees of the genus Euonymus, esp E. europaeus, of Europe and W Asia, typically having red fruits and yielding a hard wood formerly used in making spindles: family Celastraceae
eu•on•y•mus(yuˈɒn ə məs)
any shrub or vine of the genus Euonymus, of the staff-tree family, usu. having glossy evergreen leaves and clusters of orange or red fruits in open capsules. Also called spindle tree.
[1760–70; < New Latin; Latin, n. use of Greek euṓnymos of good name]
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|Noun||1.||spindle tree - any shrubby trees or woody vines of the genus Euonymus having showy usually reddish berries|
common spindle tree, Euonymus europaeus - small erect deciduous shrub having tough white wood and cathartic bark and fruit
Euonymous alatus, winged spindle tree - bushy deciduous shrub with branches having thin wide corky longitudinal wings; brilliant red in autumn; northeastern Asia to central China