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 for spindle tree
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spindle \Spin"dle\, n. [AS. spinal, fr. spinnan to spin; akin to
     D. spil, G. spille, spindel, OHG. spinnala. [root]170. See
     1. The long, round, slender rod or pin in spinning wheels by
        which the thread is twisted, and on which, when twisted,
        it is wound; also, the pin on which the bobbin is held in
        a spinning machine, or in the shuttle of a loom.
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     2. A slender rod or pin on which anything turns; an axis; as,
        the spindle of a vane. Specifically: 
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        (a) (Mach.) The shaft, mandrel, or arbor, in a machine
            tool, as a lathe or drilling machine, etc., which
            causes the work to revolve, or carries a tool or
            center, etc.
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        (b) (Mach.) The vertical rod on which the runner of a
            grinding mill turns.
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        (c) (Founding) A shaft or pipe on which a core of sand is
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     3. The fusee of a watch.
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     4. A long and slender stalk resembling a spindle.
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     5. A yarn measure containing, in cotton yarn, 15,120 yards;
        in linen yarn, 14,400 yards.
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     6. (Geom.) A solid generated by the revolution of a curved
        line about its base or double ordinate or chord.
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     7. (Zool.)
        (a) Any marine univalve shell of the genus Rostellaria;
            -- called also spindle stromb.
        (b) Any marine gastropod of the genus Fusus.
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     Dead spindle (Mach.), a spindle in a machine tool that does
        not revolve; the spindle of the tailstock of a lathe.
     Live spindle (Mach.), the revolving spindle of a machine
        tool; the spindle of the headstock of a turning lathe.
     Spindle shell. (Zool.) See Spindle, 7. above.
     Spindle side, the female side in descent; in the female
        line; opposed to spear side. --Ld. Lytton. [R.] "King
        Lycaon, grandson, by the spindle side, of Oceanus."
     Spindle tree (Bot.), any shrub or tree of the genus
        Eunymus. The wood of Eunymus Europaeus was used for
        spindles and skewers. See Prickwood.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  spindle tree
      n 1: any shrubby trees or woody vines of the genus Euonymus
           having showy usually reddish berries [syn: spindle tree,
           spindleberry, spindleberry tree]

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