Definition of Spindle tree
1. Noun. Any shrubby trees or woody vines of the genus Euonymus having showy usually reddish berries.
Group relationships: Euonymus, Genus Euonymus
Specialized synonyms: Common Spindle Tree, Euonymus Europaeus, Euonymous Alatus, Winged Spindle Tree
Generic synonyms: Bush, Shrub
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Literary usage of Spindle tree
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1. Enquiry Into Plants and Minor Works on Odours and Weather Signs by Theophrastus (1916)
"Of the differences in various shrubs—buckthorn, withy, Christ's thorn, bramble, sumach, ivy, smilax, [spindle-tree], XVIII. Most other mountains too have ..."
2. Arboretum Et Fruticetum Britannicum: Or, The Trees and Shrubs of Britain by John Claudius Loudon (1854)
"When the wood of the spindle tree cannot be pot, that of the holly is used. ... After all, the principal use of the spindle tree at present, in Britain, is, ..."
3. Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the by Thomas Wright (1857)
"(4) The spindle-tree. PRIMAL, adj. (Lat.) Original. PRIMA-VISTA, ». The game of primero. PRIME, (1) s. Six o'clock, am (2) (Lai.) adj. First. (3) adj. ..."
4. The Forest Trees of Britain by Charles Alexander Johns (1892)
"This is the Spindle-tree, a common shrub throughout the whole of Europe, sometimes attaining a height of from fifteen to twenty-five feet, ..."
5. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"spindle tree. Euonymus atropurpureus Jacquin.—Wahoo, Burning Bush. Description.—Calyx : sepals commonly 4, united at the base. Corolla: petals as many as ..."
6. A Systematic Arrangement of British Plants: With an Easy Introduction to the by William Withering (1801)
"Petals greenish white. Filaments fixed in holes in the receptacle. Fruit angular, purplish ; sometimes white. Common Spindle "Tree. Prick Wood. ..."