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[kawr-nl] /ˈkɔr nl/
any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus; dogwood.
Origin of cornel
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English corneille < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *cornicul(a), equivalent to Latin corn(us) cornel + -i- -i- + -cula -cule1 Unabridged
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  • Your father was a common so'dier and his was cornel o' the regiment!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • He may be your late husband, mem, but he's my cornel yet, and I s' keep my word til him!

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • cornel is a kind of wood of great hardness used for making bows.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cornel


any cornaceous plant of the genus Cornus, such as the dogwood and dwarf cornel
Word Origin
C16: probably from Middle Low German kornelle, from Old French cornelle, from Vulgar Latin cornicula (unattested), from Latin cornum cornel cherry, from cornus cornel tree
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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.

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