Witch-hazel meaning

Any of several deciduous shrubs or small trees of the genus Hamamelis, especially H. virginiana of eastern North America, which has delicate yellow flowers that bloom in late autumn or winter.
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An alcoholic solution containing an extract of the bark and leaves of this plant, applied externally as a mild astringent.
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Any of a genus (Hamamelis) of small North American and Asian trees and shrubs of the witch hazel family; esp., a tall shrub (H. virginiana) of E North America, having yellow, wavy-petaled flowers in late autumn and woody fruit.
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A lotion consisting of an alcoholic solution of an extract from the leaves and bark of this shrub, used on bruises, inflammations, etc.
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Designating a family (Hamamelidaceae, order Hamamelidales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs of temperate regions, having flowers in heads or spikes, including the liquidambars.
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Any of several deciduous shrubs or small trees of the genus Hamamelis, especially H. virginiana of eastern North America, which has delicate yellow flowers that bloom in late autumn or winter.
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An alcoholic solution containing an extract of the bark and leaves of this plant, applied externally as a mild astringent.
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(countable) Any of several small deciduous trees, of the genus Hamamelis, having yellow flowers.
  • (US) Hamamelis virginiana (eastern North America).
  • (US) Hamamelis vernalis (Ozarks).
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(uncountable) An extract of the bark and/or leaves of this plant, used as an astringent.
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Alternative spelling of witch hazel.
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Origin of witch-hazel

  • Alteration of obsolete wych wych elm wych elm hazel
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • See Middle English wiche, Old English wice (“pliant, bendable, weak")
    From Wiktionary