eu·​on·​y·​mus yü-ˈä-nə-məs How to pronounce euonymus (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web See this article for more information on identifying and managing euonymus diseases. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2022 Purple wintercreeper euonymus is deep green in summer, turning a handsome shade of maroon during the winter. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2022 For that reason, many of us have turned to purple wintercreeper euonymus as a better alternative. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Feb. 2021 Citrus, euonymus and stone fruit are often attacked. Calvin Finch,, 16 Jan. 2020 My suggestions would be regular (not dwarf) mondograss (also known as monkeygrass) or purple wintercreeper euonymus. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Mar. 2018 Most end up replacing their euonymus plants with dwarf Burford holly or other suitable species. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Apr. 2018 One of the poster children of the exotic invasive plant genre is the ubiquitous burning bush or winged euonymus (Euonymus alatus). Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 8 Sep. 2017 Golden euonymus, reverting to green, must be pruned to retain the variegation. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, 16 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of euonymus was in 1736

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Cite this Entry

“Euonymus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


eu·​on·​y·​mus yü-ˈän-ə-məs How to pronounce euonymus (audio)
capitalized : a genus (family Celastraceae) of often evergreen shrubs, small trees, or vines
: any member of the genus Euonymus
: the dried bark of the root of a shrub of the genus Euonymus (E. atropurpureus) used as a cathartic

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