witch hazel

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English[edit]

Hamamelis virginiana
Leaf, twig, flower, seed

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See Middle English wiche, Old English wice (pliant, bendable, weak)

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witch hazel (countable and uncountable, plural witch hazels)

  1. (countable) Any of several small deciduous trees, of the genus Hamamelis, having yellow flowers
    1. (US) Hamamelis virginiana (eastern North America)
    2. (US) Hamamelis vernalis (Ozarks).
  2. (uncountable) An extract of the bark and/or leaves of this plant, used as an astringent

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