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1. Any of several deciduous shrubs or small trees of the genus Hamamelis, especially H. virginiana of eastern North America, which has delicate 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.
[Alteration of obsolete wych, wych elm; see wych elm + hazel.]
1. (Plants) 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. (Pharmacology) an astringent medicinal solution containing an extract of the bark and leaves of H. virginiana, applied to treat bruises, inflammation, etc
witch ha•zel(ˈwɪtʃ ˌheɪ zəl; for 2 also ˌwɪtʃ ˈheɪ-)
1. any small tree or shrub of the genus Hamamelis, esp. H. virginiana, of E North America, having toothed, egg-shaped leaves and small, yellow flowers.
2. an extract from the leaves or bark of this plant mixed with water and alcohol, used as a liniment for inflammations and bruises and as an astringent.
[1535–45; witch, variant of wych (see wych elm)]
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|Noun||1.||witch hazel - any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Hamamelis; bark yields an astringent lotion|
Hamamelis virginiana, Virginian witch hazel - common shrub of eastern North America having small yellow flowers after the leaves have fallen
Hamamelis vernalis, vernal witch hazel - fragrant shrub of lower Mississippi valley having very small flowers from midwinter to spring
|2.||witch hazel - lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant|