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Hazel trees are common in England, and their sweet nuts become ripe in late summer. The feast day of a French saint named Philibert was celebrated during the time that people picked these nuts. In 1066 the Normans conquered England and in their form of French they called the nut of the hazel tree philber, after the saint. Eventually, English borrowed the word as filbert.
Origin and Etymology 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
FILBERT Defined for Kids
Definition of filbert for Students
: the hazel or its nut
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