- any of a genus (Corylus) of shrubs or trees of the birch family, bearing edible nuts
- the wood of this tree or shrub
- a stick of this wood
- the color of a ripened hazelnut; reddish brown
Origin of hazelMiddle English hasel ; from Old English hæsel, akin to German hasel ; from Indo-European an unverified form kos(e)lo-, hazel from source Classical Latin corulus, hazel bush, Old Irish coll, hazel
- of the hazel tree or its wood
- light reddish-brown or yellowish-brown
- greenish-gray or greenish-brown, often with flecks of a third color: said of eyes
Origin of HazelClassical Hebrew (language) Haz?'el, literally , God sees
- Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Corylus that bear edible nuts enclosed in a leafy husk, especially the American species C. americana or the widely cultivated Eurasian species C. avellana. Also called filbert, hazelnut.
- A light brown or yellowish brown.
Origin of hazelMiddle English hasel, from Old English hæsel.
(usually uncountable, plural hazels)
From Middle English, from Old English hæsel (“hazel, shrub”), from Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (“hazel”), from Proto-Indo-European *koselos (“hazel”). Cognate with Dutch hazelaar (“hazel”), German Hasel (“hazel”), Swedish hassel (“hazel”), Latin corulus, corylus (“hazel-tree, hazelwood”), Irish coll (“hazel”).