from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A shrub (Euonymus europaeus), the spindle tree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A shrub (Euonymus Europæus); -- so named from the use of its wood for goads, skewers, and shoe pegs. Called also spindle tree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as prick-timber.
prick + wood, so named from the use of its wood for goads, skewers, and shoe pegs. (Wiktionary)
"On hearing this, Madame Cornouiller looked through the glass door of the salon at the little wild garden, where the prickwood and the lilies looked as though they had never known the pruning-knife and were likely never to know it.