Definition of cornel in English:


Line breaks: cor¦nel
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːn(ə)l


  • A dogwood, especially of a dwarf variety.
    • Genus Cornus, family Cornaceae: several species, including the dwarf C. suecica
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    • The best fruit of any Old World species is that of Cornus mas, commonly called cornel or cornelian cherry.
    • The survakane - a decorated branch from a cornel tree - is another tradition of well-wishing.
    • The cornel tree is a symbol of health, prosperity and power on Vassil Day.


late Middle English (denoting the wood of the cornelian cherry): from Old French corneille, from Latin cornus.

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