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

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For example, the toner is made of water, organic apple cider vinegar, organic witch hazel, organic clary sage oil and organic sandalwood oil. Los Angeles Times, "Rosacea treatments: 10 creams, lotions and salves that promise to save your skin," 28 Aug. 2019 Store witch hazel at room temperature, and keep it out of the eyes. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Shopping for school supplies," 22 Aug. 2019 Called Frida Mom, the line includes soothing items like instant ice maxi pads, healing foam (as opposed to spray), witch hazel cooling pad liners, mesh underwear for vaginal and cesarean section deliveries and more. Anya Leon, PEOPLE.com, "Amy Schumer Celebrates Launch of Frida Mom's New Postpartum Care for Women — See the Products," 31 July 2019 Equal parts of castile soap, witch hazel, and coconut oil make for a really, really good makeup remover. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "13 Castile Soap Uses You've Never Thought of Before," 22 May 2019 Use the right methods that really work — no witch hazel or apple cider vinegar, please! — and sweet, sweet relief is within sight. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mosquito Bites and Stop Itching ASAP," 18 Mar. 2019 Start by applying hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel to the affected area. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Correct Way to Pop a Pimple," 21 Dec. 2018 Loropetalum is a member of the Hamamelis (witch hazel) family (Hamameliadaceae), which hail from China and the Himalayas. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "Let this ‘Purple Pixie’ bring a little color to the garden," 29 June 2018 These wipe-and-toss sheets, packed with ingredients that both cleanse and revive (witch hazel, salicylic acid, cucumber extract), give your mug a midday refresh. Matt Martin, GQ, "GQ’s New Best Stuff Box Is Here to Upgrade Your Summer," 21 May 2018

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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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