noun cor·nel \ˈkȯr-nəl, -ˌnel\

Definition of cornel

  1. :  any of various shrubs or trees (genus Cornus) of the dogwood family; specifically :  dogwood

Origin and Etymology of cornel

ultimately from Latin cornus cornel cherry tree; akin to Greek kranon cornel cherry tree

First Known Use: 1551

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