from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) The wych-elm; -- so called because its leaves are like those of the hazel.
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- noun lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant
- noun any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Hamamelis; bark yields an astringent lotion
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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 wych-hazel has opened its husks, and the yellow flowers are dropping with the ripe nuts from the branches.
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.
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.
The wych-hazel is in bloom; brown nuts and yellow flowers on the same twig.