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witch alder

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  1. a shrub, Fothergilla gardenii, of the witch hazel family, native to the southeastern U.S., having spikes of white flowers that bloom before the leaves appear.
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Origin of witch alder

1810–20, Americanism; see witch hazel, wych elm
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