Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The typical genus of the natural order Hamamelideæ, founded by Linnæus in 1753, embracing 2 species of shrubs or small trees, and distinguished from related genera by the 4-parted flowers, deeply lobed calyx, blunt anthers, and deciduous leaves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of plants which includes the witch-hazel (Hamamelis Virginica), a preparation of which is used medicinally.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Hamamelidaceaewitch hazel and related plants..

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  • noun deciduous shrubs or small trees: witch hazel

Etymologies

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New Latin, from Ancient Greek ἁμαμηλίς ("possibly the medlar").

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