from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Cornus, which includes the bunchberry and dogwoods.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus, i.e., dogwood, especially Cornus mas, the European cornel.
- n. The cherry-like fruit of such plants, certain of which are edible, often termed a cornelian cherry or cornel cherry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The cornelian cherry (Cornus Mas), a European shrub with clusters of small, greenish flowers, followed by very acid but edible drupes resembling cherries.
- n. Any species of the genus Cornus, as Cornus florida, the flowering cornel; Cornus stolonifera, the osier cornel; Cornus Canadensis, the dwarf cornel, or bunchberry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The cornelian cherry or dogwood, a common European species of Cornus, C. mas, a small tree producing clusters of small yellow flowers in spring before the leaves, followed by numerous red berries.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tree of shrub of the genus Cornus often having showy bracts resembling flowers
Short for German Kornelbaum, cornel tree (from Middle High German kurnelboum, from Old High German kurnilboum) or from French cornouille, both from Medieval Latin corniola, from diminutive of Latin cornus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cornus ("the European cornel"). (Wiktionary)