Word Origin & History
a type of tree or shrub with an edible fruit, 1550s, from Ger. cornel-baum, from O.H.G. cornul, from M.L. cornolium, from Fr. cornouille, from V.L. *cornuculum, from L. cornum "cornel-cherry." O.E. also had borrowed the L. word, in corntreow. The plant was noted for its hard wood, favored by the ancients
for making shafts of spears and arrows.