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[hey-zuh l] /ˈheɪ zəl/
any shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Corylus, of the birch family, having toothed, ovate leaves and bearing edible nuts, as C. avellana, of Europe, or C. americana and C. cornuta, of the Western Hemisphere.
any of several other shrubs or trees, as an Australian shrub, Pomaderris apetala.
the wood of any of these trees.
the hazelnut or filbert.
light golden brown, as the color of a hazelnut.
of or relating to the hazel.
made of the wood of the hazel.
having a light golden-brown color.
Origin of hazel
before 900; Middle English hasel; Old English hæs(e)l; cognate with German Hasel, Old Norse hasl, Latin corylus hazel shrub
Related forms
hazelly, adjective


[hey-zuh l] /ˈheɪ zəl/
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • hazel's silence in the face of accusation supported that theory, in his opinion.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
  • hazel liked him better then than she had done since his first arrival.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • And you also may find that his attention to hazel is an insult to our family honor.

    An Oregon Girl Alfred Ernest Rice
  • And she ran down to the end of the lawn, where he could be seen returning with hazel.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • They saw that he was not over forty years of age, with a heavy square jaw, a full straw colored mustache, and hazel eyes.

    Frontier Boys in Frisco Wyn Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for hazel


Also called cob. any of several shrubs of the N temperate genus Corylus, esp C. avellana, having oval serrated leaves and edible rounded brown nuts: family Corylaceae
the wood of any of these trees
short for hazelnut
  1. a light yellowish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective): hazel eyes
Word Origin
Old English hæsel; related to Old Norse hasl, Old High German hasala, Latin corylus, Old Irish coll
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Word Origin and History for hazel

Old English hæsl, hæsel, from Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (cf. Old Norse hasl, Middle Dutch hasel, German hasel), from PIE *koselo- "hazel" (cf. Latin corulus, Old Irish coll "hazel"). Shakespeare ("Romeo and Juliet," 1592) was first to use it (in print) in the sense of "reddish-brown color of eyes" (in reference to the color of ripe hazel-nuts), when Mercutio accuses Benvolio of being testy with:

Thou wilt quarrell with a man for cracking Nuts, hauing no reason, but because thou hast hasell eyes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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