noun \ˈfil-bərt\

Definition of FILBERT

:  either of two Eurasian hazels (Corylus avellana and C. maxima)
:  the sweet thick-shelled nut of the filbert; broadly :  hazelnut

Origin of FILBERT

Middle English, from Anglo-French philber, from St. Philibert †684 Frankish abbot whose feast day falls in the nutting season
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with FILBERT


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 15 species of deciduous trees and shrubs that make up the genus Corylus, in the birch family, native to the northern temperate zone; also, the edible nuts they produce. Choice nuts are produced by two Eurasian trees, the European filbert (C. avellana) and the giant filbert (C. maxima), and by hybrids of these species. Some varieties are valuable hedgerow and ornamental trees. An oil from C. avellana is used in food products, perfumes, and soaps; the tree yields a soft, reddish-white timber that is useful for small articles such as tool handles and walking sticks.

Variants of FILBERT

filbert or hazel(nut)


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