Definition of euonymus in English:

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Pronunciation: /juːˈɒnɪməs/


A shrub or small tree that is widely cultivated for its autumn colours and bright fruit.
  • Genus Euonymus, family Celastraceae: numerous species, including the spindle tree.
Example sentences
  • She also wanted to keep the silver and gold euonymus and yellow jasmine that grow by the front door, and a vigorous Fuchsia ‘Riccartonii’.
  • A variegated euonymus stands near the dining pavilion, drawing the eye down towards its pale presence, contrasting with the grey of the slate and brown of the walls.
  • Eucalyptus, for example, looks good tied into a bunch with long strands of raffia or tartan ribbon, as does euonymus and cotoneaster.


Modern Latin (named by Linnaeus), from Latin euonymos, from Greek euōnumos 'having an auspicious or honoured name', from eus 'good' + onoma 'name'.

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