avel·​lan ə-ˈve-lən How to pronounce avellan (audio)
variants or avellane
ə-ˈve-ˌlān How to pronounce avellan (audio)
of a heraldic cross
: having the four arms shaped like conventionalized filberts see cross illustration

Word History


Latin abellana, avellana filbert, from feminine of Abellanus of Abella, from Abella, ancient town in Italy

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of avellan was in 1610

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Cite this Entry

“Avellan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avellan. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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