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hazel, any plant of the genus Corylus of the family Betulaceae (birch family), shrubs or small trees with foliage similar to the related alders. They are often cultivated for ornament and for the edible nuts. Hazels are also called filberts, although the latter is more strictly a name for European kinds (C. maxima, C. avellena, and their varieties, e.g., the cobnut) that are cultivated, chiefly in Europe, for the filbert of commerce. Nuts of the American hazel (C. americana) are often gathered but seldom sold. Winter hazel and witch hazel are not related to hazel. Hazel is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Fagales, family Betulaceae.

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ha·zel / ˈhāzəl/ • n. 1. a temperate shrub or small tree (genus Corylus) of the birch family, with broad leaves, bearing prominent male catkins in spring and round hard-shelled edible nuts in autumn. 2. a reddish-brown or greenish-brown color, esp. of someone's eyes. ORIGIN: Old English hæsel, related to German Hasel, Latin corylus.

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hazel small nut-tree, Corylus OE.; reddish-brown colour of the ripe hazel-nut XVI. OE. hæsel, corr. to MDu. hasel (Du. hazelaar hazel tree), OHG. hasal(a) (G. hasel), ON. hasl :- Gmc. *χasalaz :- IE. *kosolos, *koselos, whence also L. corylus, -ulus.

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hazel Any of c.15 bushes or small trees of the genus Corylus, native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and America. There are separate male and female flowers. The fruit is a hazelnut, also called cobnut or filbert. Family Betulaceae.

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hazel See CORYLUS.

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