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witch hazel

[wich hey-zuh l] /ˈwɪtʃ ˌheɪ zəl/
noun
1.
a shrub, Hamamelis virginiana, of eastern North America, having toothed, egg-shaped leaves and small, yellow flowers.
2.
a liquid extraction from the leaves or bark of this plant mixed with water and alcohol, used externally as a liniment for inflammations and bruises and as an astringent.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; witch, variant of wych (see wych elm)
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British Dictionary definitions for witch-hazel

witch hazel

noun
1.
any of several trees and shrubs of the genus Hamamelis, esp H. virginiana, of North America, having ornamental yellow flowers and medicinal properties: family Hamamelidaceae
2.
an astringent medicinal solution containing an extract of the bark and leaves of H. virginiana, applied to treat bruises, inflammation, etc
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Word Origin and History for witch-hazel
witch hazel
1540s, probably from O.E. wice "wych-elm" (from wican "to bend") + hæsel, used for any bush of the pine family. The North American bush, from which a soothing lotion is made, was so called from 1670s.
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witch-hazel in Medicine

witch hazel n.

  1. Any of several deciduous shrubs or small trees of the genus Hamamelis, especially H. virginiana, of eastern North America, having yellow flowers that bloom in late autumn or winter.

  2. An alcoholic solution containing an extract of the bark and leaves of this plant, applied externally as a mild astringent.

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