Witch Hazel Definition

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.
Webster's New World
A lotion consisting of an alcoholic solution of an extract from the leaves and bark of this shrub, used on bruises, inflammations, etc.
Webster's New World
Designating a family (Hamamelidaceae, order Hamamelidales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs of temperate regions, having flowers in heads or spikes, including the liquidambars.
Webster's New World
Alternative spelling of witch hazel.
  • wych hazel plant
  • wych hazel
  • witch hazel plant

Other Word Forms of Witch Hazel


witch hazel
witch hazels

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

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