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Can someone suggest an etymology for hazelnut? Does hazel have anything to do with the common 'chestnut brown' hare, inasmuch as 's' and 'r' tended to shift around a lot, around 1000 AD, and the hazelnut tree tends to spread very rapidly? 07:21, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

  • In a word, no. Hazel is a very old word, and goes back to Proto-Indo-European. Although interestingly, in Latin the medial consonant is now an R -- see corylus. Ƿidsiþ 07:32, 28 September 2008 (UTC)