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noun ham·a·me·lis \ˌham-ə-ˈmē-ləs\

Medical Definition of hamamelis

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of shrubs or small trees (family Hamamelidaceae) having pinnately veined leaves and clustered flowers with elongated ribbon-shaped petals and including the witch hazels

  2. 2:  the dried leaves of a witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) of the eastern United States used especially formerly as a tonic and sedative

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