spindle tree
Prickwood Prick"wood`, n. (Bot.) A shrub ({Euonymus Europ[ae]us}); -- so named from the use of its wood for goads, skewers, and shoe pegs. Called also {spindle tree}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Spindle tree — Spindle Spin dle, n. [AS. spinal, fr. spinnan to spin; akin to D. spil, G. spille, spindel, OHG. spinnala. [root]170. See {Spin}.] 1. The long, round, slender rod or pin in spinning wheels by which the thread is twisted, and on which, when… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spindle tree — n. EUONYMUS * * * …   Universalium

  • spindle tree — n. EUONYMUS …   English World dictionary

  • spindle tree — noun any shrubby trees or woody vines of the genus Euonymus having showy usually reddish berries • Syn: ↑spindleberry, ↑spindleberry tree • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Hyponyms: ↑common spindle tree, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • spindle-tree — ožekšnis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Smaugikinių (Celastraceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Euonymus). atitikmenys: lot. Euonymus angl. bittersweet; euonymus; spindle tree vok. Pfaffenhütchen; Spindelbaum; Spindelstrauch rus. бересклет lenk.… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • spindle tree — (also spindle bush) noun a shrub or small tree with slender toothed leaves and hard wood formerly used for spindles. [Euonymus europaea and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • spindle tree — /ˈspɪndl tri/ (say spindl tree) noun 1. a shrub or small tree of Europe and western Asia, Euonymus europaeus (family Celastraceae), with a hard wood formerly much used for making spindles. 2. any of various allied plants …   Australian English dictionary

  • spindle tree — noun Date: 1548 any of various often evergreen shrubs, small trees, or vines (genus Euonymus) of the staff tree family …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spindle tree — evergreen tree or shrub with small flowers and red berries (in the past spindles were made from its hard wood) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spindle tree — spin′dle tree n. pln euonymus …   From formal English to slang

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