Origin of euonymus
New Latin, genus name, from Latin euonymos spindle tree, from Greek euōnymos, from euōnymos having an auspicious name, from eu- + onyma name — more at name
First Known Use: 1736
Medical Definition of euonymus
1a capitalized : a genus (family Celastraceae) of often evergreen shrubs, small trees, or vinesb: any member of the genus Euonymus
2: the dried bark of the root of a shrub of the genus Euonymus (E. atropurpureus) used as a cathartic
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