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hazel

noun ha·zel \ ˈhā-zəl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of hazel

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

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Origin and Etymology of hazel

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

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hazel

adjective

Definition of hazel

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

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First Known Use of hazel

14th century


HAZEL Defined for English Language Learners

hazel

noun

Definition of hazel for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of bush or small tree that produces nuts

  • : a color that combines light brown with green and gray


HAZEL Defined for Kids

hazel

noun ha·zel \ ˈhā-zəl \

Definition of hazel for Students

1 :a shrub or small tree that bears an edible nut
2 :a color that combines light brown with green and gray
  • hazel eyes


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