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hazel Syllabification: ha·zel
Pronunciation: /ˈhāzəl/

Definition of hazel in English:


1A temperate shrub or small tree with broad leaves, bearing prominent male catkins in spring and round hard-shelled edible nuts in autumn.
  • Genus Corylus, family Betulaceae: several species, in particular the common Eurasian hazel (C. avellana), formerly widely managed as coppice
Example sentences
  • The marsh gave way gradually to dry land, and the reeds and willows to hazels and elders.
  • He could clearly distinguish elders, hazels and sloes.
  • The oak tree across the road is practically bare but the beeches and hazels behind it are still fully leafed.
2A reddish-brown or greenish-brown color, especially of someone’s eyes.
Example sentences
  • He was the taller of them, with sharp blue eyes and hazel coloured hair.
  • Her eyes, hazel in colour, were very piercing.
  • She couldn't quite put her finger on the colour; not quite hazel, not quite green.


Old English hæsel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hazelaar 'hazel tree', hazelnoot 'hazelnut', and German Hasel, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin corylus.

Words that rhyme with hazel

appraisal, nasal, phrasal wych
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