witch hazel

noun
witch ha·​zel | \ ˈwich-ˌhā-zəl How to pronounce witch hazel (audio) \

Definition of witch hazel

1 : any of a genus (Hamamelis of the family Hamamelidaceae, the witch-hazel family) of shrubs or small trees with slender-petaled usually yellow flowers borne in late fall or early spring especially : one (H. virginiana) of eastern North America that blooms in the fall
2 : an alcoholic solution of a distillate of the bark of a witch hazel (H. virginiana) used as a soothing and mildly astringent lotion

Examples of witch hazel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With ingredients like witch hazel water, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil, the formula will dissolve scalp buildup for a healthier scalp. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Make Your Hair Grow Thicker, According to Experts," 19 Oct. 2020 Shrubs such as witch hazel, hazelnut and chokeberry can be added for an even lower layer. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winterscaping the yard can take the chill out of a snowy landscape," 1 Oct. 2020 The magic ingredient in this formula is witch hazel, which Green advises to use to soothe skin and reduce any irritation. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "24 of the best products for men’s skin care, according to experts," 14 Sep. 2020 But Ireijo, who now lives in Westport, focused on flora and fauna indigenous to Connecticut: the state bird, the American robin, the state flower, mountain laurel, as well as trumpet honeysuckles, witch hazel, goldenrod. courant.com, "10 bus shelters in West Hartford coming alive with murals," 21 Aug. 2020 For general pain relief and skin protection, many manufacturers include witch hazel in their formulas. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best hemorrhoid cream of 2020," 11 Aug. 2020 With better-for-you ingredients like aloe vera, witch hazel, and nourishing essential oils, these hand sanitizers will offset dryness while still combating germs and bacteria. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "Here’s Exactly Where to Buy Hand Sanitizer That Won’t Dry Out Your Hands," 27 Apr. 2020 Many of them include skin-loving ingredients like aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and witch hazel to remove makeup, grime, and sweat while keeping our skin hydrated and clean. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "9 Reusable Alternatives to Your Beloved Single-Use Makeup Wipes," 24 Apr. 2020 Since Tonymoly is a skincare brand, this hand sanitizer includes witch hazel to keep your hands soft and residue-free with each use. Tanya Ghahremani, Travel + Leisure, "These Hand Sanitizers Are Still Available Online Right Now," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of witch hazel

circa 1760, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for witch hazel

witch, a tree with pliant branches, from Middle English wyche, from Old English wice; probably akin to Old English wīcan to yield — more at weak

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“Witch hazel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/witch%20hazel. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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witch hazel

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How to pronounce witch hazel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of witch hazel

: a lotion that is made from the bark of a plant and that is used to heal the skin

witch hazel

noun
witch ha·​zel | \ ˈwich-ˌhā-zəl How to pronounce witch hazel (audio) \

Kids Definition of witch hazel

1 : a shrub with small yellow flowers in late fall or early spring
2 : a soothing alcoholic lotion made from the bark of the witch hazel

witch hazel

noun
witch ha·​zel | \ ˈwich-ˌhā-zəl How to pronounce witch hazel (audio) \

Medical Definition of witch hazel

1 : any small tree or shrub of the genus Hamamelis especially : one (Hamamelis virginiana) of eastern North America that blooms in the fall
2 : an alcoholic solution of a distillate of the bark of a witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) used as a soothing and mildly astringent lotion

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