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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The wych-elm; -- so called because its leaves are like those of the hazel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant
  • n. any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Hamamelis; bark yields an astringent lotion

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Examples

  • Irishman dwelling with Englishmen, was directed to have a bow of his own height made of yew, wych-hazel, ash, or awburne -- that is, laburnum, which is still styled "awburne saugh," or awburne willow, in many parts of Scotland.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 369, May 9, 1829

  • The wych-hazel has opened its husks, and the yellow flowers are dropping with the ripe nuts from the branches.

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  • The long yellow petals have fallen from the wych-hazel; the nut is beginning to form, the heart slowly becoming a kernel, and the small yellow flower-cups turning gradually into the husk.

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  • Still, this seems rather a yellow year; for the elms and hickories – which often wither and turn brown, without much beauty – are very handsome just now, in clear shades of yellow, fluttering in the breeze like gold-leaf; while the chestnuts, birches, wych-hazel, and many maples, as usual, wear the same colors.

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  • The wych-hazel is in bloom; brown nuts and yellow flowers on the same twig.

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