cor·​nel ˈkȯr-nᵊl How to pronounce cornel (audio)
: any of various shrubs or trees (genus Cornus) of the dogwood family

Word History


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

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cornel was in 1551

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Cite this Entry

“Cornel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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