spindle tree

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Related to spindle tree: Osage River, Euonymus europaeus

spindle tree


[So called because the wood is often used to make spindles.]

spindle tree

(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


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spindle tree - any shrubby trees or woody vines of the genus Euonymus having showy usually reddish berriesspindle tree - any shrubby trees or woody vines of the genus Euonymus having showy usually reddish berries
Euonymus, genus Euonymus - widely distributed chiefly evergreen shrubs or small trees or vines
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
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
References in classic literature ?
Of course it is no affair of ours," a spindle tree said after they had whispered together, "but you know quite well you ought not to be here, and perhaps our duty is to report you to the fairies; what do you think yourself?
If you like pink, try the fruited mountain ash, again a good- sized tree for the average small garden, and the spindle tree Euonymus europaeus, whose bright pink seeds split open to reveal an orange seed.