spindle tree

noun

Definition of spindle tree

: any of various often evergreen shrubs, small trees, or vines (genus Euonymus) of the staff-tree family

First Known Use of spindle tree

1548, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spindle tree

Time Traveler for spindle tree

Time Traveler

The first known use of spindle tree was in 1548

See more words from the same year

Statistics for spindle tree

Cite this Entry

“Spindle tree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spindle%20tree. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on spindle tree

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with spindle tree

Comments on spindle tree

What made you want to look up spindle tree? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!