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

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Recent Examples on the Web Citrus, euonymus and stone fruit are often attacked. Calvin Finch,, "Gardening: Growing figs, apples, pears and plums in your San Antonio backyard; what you need to know," 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, "Can’t keep a good holly shrub down — even when you want to," 9 Mar. 2018 Most end up replacing their euonymus plants with dwarf Burford holly or other suitable species. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Best way to prevent weeds? Keep your grass healthy," 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, "The tale of Kentucky's most invasive plant - or not," 8 Sep. 2017 Golden euonymus, reverting to green, must be pruned to retain the variegation. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "‘Reading’ your leaves means something quite different in the garden," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of euonymus

1736, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of euonymus was in 1736

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“Euonymus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of euonymus

1a capitalized : a genus (family Celastraceae) of often evergreen shrubs, small trees, or vines
b : 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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