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 One of the fun bits to watch with witch hazel is what happens after the flowers emerge. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 7 Jan. 2022 Harnessing the antiseptic powers of witch hazel rather than drying alcohol, this pick from Jack Black is formulated with all of the right ingredients to make for the most comfortable post-shave feeling. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Infused with botanicals from Austria, the set includes witch hazel oil for balance, oil for the senses to aid relaxation, and mountain pine oil to soothe the skin. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2021 This formula takes that process a step further by adding naturally clarifying ingredients, such as tea tree, witch hazel, and apple cider vinegar. Shannon M. Bauer, Health.com, 11 Oct. 2021 The tea tree-witch hazel mixture balances the scalp, while the mint gives you a refreshing, tingly sensation. Shannon M. Bauer, Health.com, 11 Oct. 2021 From maskne to dark spots to that one pimple that just won’t go away—Hero Cosmetics heals by swapping chemical solutions for restorative ingredients like hyaluronic acid, witch hazel and green tea water. Anna Haines, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 And new members will also get U Beauty Resurfacing Compound, with brightening, smoothing ingredients including vitamin C, alpha hydroxy acids, and retinol, plus clarifying witch hazel and hydrating vitamin E. Allure Editors, Allure, 26 Aug. 2021 Other cool-weather shrubs to consider for the region include witch hazel, winter jasmine, viburnum and winterberry. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021

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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

noun

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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