Definition of euonymus in English:



  • A shrub or small tree that is widely cultivated for its autumn colours and bright fruit.

    Genus Euonymus, family Celastraceae: numerous species, including the spindle tree

    • ‘She also wanted to keep the silver and gold euonymus and yellow jasmine that grow by the front door, and a vigorous Fuchsia ‘Riccartonii’.’
    • ‘A variegated euonymus stands near the dining pavilion, drawing the eye down towards its pale presence, contrasting with the grey of the slate and brown of the walls.’
    • ‘Eucalyptus, for example, looks good tied into a bunch with long strands of raffia or tartan ribbon, as does euonymus and cotoneaster.’
    • ‘Try to include some evergreens in your design, such as ivies or euonymus if you want all-year-round cover.’
    • ‘White splashed evergreen euonymus and two white flowered campanula add further cool tones to the group while the thin bronze foliage of a clump forming grass gives good contrast.’


Modern Latin (named by Linnaeus), from Latin euonymos, from Greek euōnumos ‘having an auspicious or honoured name’, from eus ‘good’ + onoma ‘name’.