The filberts of the hazel nut.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- the edible nut of a hazel, esp. of a cultivated European tree (Corylus avellana or C. maxima); hazelnut
- a tree bearing this nut
Origin: Middle English filberde, philliberd, probably via Norman French (noix de) filbert, (nut of) Philibert, after St. Philibert, whose feast came inch(es) the nutting season
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Origin: Middle English, from Old French (nois de) filbert, (nut of) Philbert, after Saint Philibert (died 684), whose feast day in late August coincides with the ripening of the nut.