euonymus

euonymus

[yoo-on-uh-muhs]
noun
any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Euonymus, of northern temperate regions, having opposite leaves, branching clusters of small, greenish or purplish flowers, and crimson or rose-colored capsules that on opening disclose the seed.
Also, evonymus.


Origin:
1760–70; < Neo-Latin; Latin, noun use of Greek euṓnymos of good name. See eu-, -onym, -ous

anomalous, anonymous, euonymus, unanimous.
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euonymus or evonymus (juːˈɒnɪməs)
 
n
any tree or shrub of the N temperate genus Euonymus, such as the spindle tree, whose seeds are each enclosed in a fleshy, typically red, aril: family Celastraceae
 
[C18: from Latin: spindle tree, from Greek euōnumos fortunately named, from eu- + onomaname]
 
evonymus or evonymus
 
n
 
[C18: from Latin: spindle tree, from Greek euōnumos fortunately named, from eu- + onomaname]

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