[ kawr-nl ]
/ ˈkɔr nl /


any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus; dogwood.

Nearby words

  1. corneal space,
  2. corneal staphyloma,
  3. corned,
  4. corneille,
  5. corneille, pierre,
  6. cornelia,
  7. cornelia de lange's syndrome,
  8. cornelian,
  9. cornelian cherry,
  10. cornelius

Origin of cornel

1400–50; late Middle English corneille < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *cornicul(a), equivalent to Latin corn(us) cornel + -i- -i- + -cula -cule1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cornel


/ (ˈkɔːnəl) /


any cornaceous plant of the genus Cornus, such as the dogwood and dwarf cornel

Word Origin for cornel

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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