Ha"zel (?), n. [OE. hasel, AS. haesel; akin to D. hazelaar, G. hazel, OHG. hasal, hasala, Icel. hasl, Dan & Sw. hassel, L. corylus, for cosylus.]

1. Bot.

A shrub or small tree of the genus Corylus, as the C. avellana, bearing a nut containing a kernel of a mild, farinaceous taste; the filbert. The American species are C. Americana, which produces the common hazelnut, and C. rostrata. See Filbert.



A miner's name for freestone.


Hazel earth, soil suitable for the hazel; a fertile loam. -- Hazel grouse Zool., a European grouse (Bonasa betulina), allied to the American ruffed grouse. -- Hazel hoe, a kind of grub hoe. -- Witch hazel. See Witch-hazel, and Hamamelis.


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Ha"zel, a.


Consisting of hazels, or of the wood of the hazel; pertaining to, or derived from, the hazel; as, a hazel wand.

I sit me down beside the hazel grove. Keble.


Of a light brown color, like the hazelnut.

"Thou hast hazel eyes."



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