hazel

[hey-zuh l]

noun

adjective


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 formsha·zel·ly, adjective

Hazel

[hey-zuh l]

noun

a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for hazel

hazel

noun

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 for hazel

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
n.

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.
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