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Any of various plants of the genus Cornus, which includes the bunchberry and dogwoods.
[Short for German Kornelbaum, cornel tree (from Middle High German kurnelboum, from Old High German kurnilboum) or from French cornouille, both from Medieval Latin corniola, from diminutive of Latin cornus.]
(Plants) any cornaceous plant of the genus Cornus, such as the dogwood and dwarf cornel
[C16: probably from Middle Low German kornelle, from Old French cornelle, from Vulgar Latin cornicula (unattested), from Latin cornum cornel cherry, from cornus cornel tree]
any tree or shrub of the genus Cornus; dogwood.
[1400–50; late Middle English corneille < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *cornicul(a)= Latin corn(us) cornel + -i- -i- + -cula -cule1]
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|Noun||1.||cornel - a tree of shrub of the genus Cornus often having showy bracts resembling flowers|
Cornus, genus Cornus - a rosid dicot genus of the family Cornaceae including: dogwood; cornel: perennial chiefly deciduous shrubs or small trees of temperate regions of northern hemisphere
dogwood - hard tough wood of any dogwood of the genus Cornus; resembles boxwood
common white dogwood, Cornus florida, eastern flowering dogwood - deciduous tree; celebrated for its large white or pink bracts and stunning autumn color that is followed by red berries
American dogwood, Cornus stolonifera, red osier, red osier dogwood, redbrush, red dogwood - common North American shrub with reddish purple twigs and white flowers
Cornus amomum, silky cornel, silky dogwood - shrub of eastern North America having purplish stems and blue fruit
blood-twig, common European dogwood, Cornus sanguinea, pedwood, red dogwood - European deciduous shrub turning red in autumn having dull white flowers
bunchberry, Cornus canadensis, crackerberry, dwarf cornel, pudding berry - creeping perennial herb distinguished by red berries and clustered leaf whorls at the tips of shoots; Greenland to Alaska