- any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus; dogwood.
Origin of cornel
Examples from the Web for cornel
Tavis Smiley, the PBS talk show host and close friend to Cornel West, often credits West with having a “useable intellect.”Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline
October 23, 2014
Cornel West and Jesse Jackson, for instance, have both suggested that Obama is somehow not black enough.Obama Should Talk About Being Biracial
January 20, 2013
Others secretly agree with Cornel West and Tavis Smiley, who have been unremitting in their criticism of Obama on matters of race.An Obama Campaign Photo That Looks Like a Young Republican Rally
April 10, 2012
And one who denounced Harry Belafonte and Cornel West to boot!Michael Tomasky: How Herman Cain’s Vanity Sank His Campaign
December 1, 2011
Plus, great thinkers from Cornel West to Robert Reich tell us what they're angry about.America the Angry
June 4, 2011
Your father was a common so'dier and his was cornel o' the regiment!'
He may be your late husband, mem, but he's my cornel yet, and I s' keep my word til him!
Cornel is a kind of wood of great hardness used for making bows.English Narrative Poems
And Circ shut them in sties, and gave them mast and acorns and cornel to eat.Stories of the Old world
Alfred John Church
And when you cam, Cornel, we were awfu' anxious you should never hear.Great Ghost Stories
- any cornaceous plant of the genus Cornus, such as the dogwood and dwarf cornel
Word Origin and History for cornel
a type of tree or shrub with an edible fruit, 1550s, from German cornel-baum, from Old High German cornul, from Medieval Latin cornolium, from French cornouille, from Vulgar Latin *cornuculum, from Latin cornum "cornel-cherry," perhaps related to Greek kerasos "cherry." Old English also had borrowed the Latin word, in corntreow. The plant was noted for its hard wood, favored by the ancients for making shafts of spears and arrows.