- 1A temperate shrub or small tree with broad leaves, bearing prominent male catkins in spring and round hard-shelled edible nuts in autumn.
More example sentences
- Genus Corylus, family Betulaceae: several species, in particular the common Eurasian hazel (C. avellana), formerly widely managed as coppice
- 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.More 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.
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