hazel

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noun

ha·​zel ˈhā-zəl How to pronounce hazel (audio)
1
: any of a genus (Corylus and especially the American C. americana and the European C. avellana) of shrubs or small trees of the birch family bearing nuts enclosed in a leafy involucre
2
: a light brown to strong yellowish brown

hazel

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adjective

1
: consisting of hazels or of the wood of the hazel
2
a
: of the color hazel
b
of eyes : of a variable color averaging light greenish-grayish brown

Examples of hazel in a Sentence

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Noun
Key Ingredients: Witch hazel extract, aloe vera, rosewater Best For: Oily skin types How to Use: After cleansing, apply to a cotton pad and apply it to your face. Deanna Pai, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2024 The face that looked back at her in the rearview mirror was gaunt, her skin pale around glassy hazel eyes. Glenn E. Rice, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 By the Mesolithic era (about 8,000 BCE) hazel trees started to become one of the dominant woodland species throughout the southern part of Sweden. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 29 Feb. 2024 The hazel trees provided a source for both raw materials and food, similar to seaweed. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 29 Feb. 2024 The Pixel 8 costs $699 and comes in obsidian, hazel, and rose. WIRED, 4 Oct. 2023 Witch hazel can also be drying when used on sensitive skin. Kayla Blanton, Verywell Health, 6 Dec. 2023 The Pixel 8 is available in three colors — hazel, rose and obsidian — and starts at $699, about $100 less than the baseline iPhone 14 with the same amount of storage. Krystal Hur, CNN, 5 Oct. 2023 Her intense hazel gaze can seem otherworldly, but the way her voice often reaches into her Baltimore roots is very around the way. Helena Andrews-Dyer, Washington Post, 23 June 2023
Adjective
Stephen Schiffer is a white man, 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 165 pounds with gray hair and hazel eyes. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Mar. 2024 Both men have shaved heads, with brown facial hair and hazel eyes. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024 Prison officials described Meade as a white male with brown hair and hazel eyes, 5-feet 6-inches tall, and weighing 150 pounds. Jonathan Limehouse, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024 For hazel and other plants, the ratio is affected by the amount of sunlight and water available to them. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 29 Feb. 2024 He was described as 6 feet, 3 inches tall, with blond hair and hazel eyes. Katherine Itoh, NBC News, 19 Feb. 2024 Welch is a white woman, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Amy McDaniel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Feb. 2024 Now in her early 40s, Magni has short brown hair and big hazel eyes. Jordan Michael Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Jan. 2024 In addition to the music updates, Lil Nas changed his X profile photo and header image to that of a hazel eye and a red iteration of his Montero logo. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 3 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English hasel, from Old English hæsel; akin to Old High German hasal hazel, Latin corulus

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hazel was before the 12th century

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“Hazel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hazel. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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hazel

noun
ha·​zel
ˈhā-zəl
1
: any of a genus of shrubs or small trees related to birches and bearing edible nuts enclosed in a leafy case
2
: a light brown to a strong yellowish brown
hazel adjective

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