(1) Of a light brown or yellowish brown color
(2) Any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Corylus bearing edible nuts enclosed in a leafy husk
(3) The fine-grained wood of a hazelnut tree (genus Corylus) and the hazel tree (Australian genus Pomaderris)
(4) Australian tree grown especially for ornament and its fine-grained wood and bearing edible nuts
- from the plant or colour hazel. Popular in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century.
- for someone who lived near a hazel tree.
- 1880 Steele MacKaye: Hazel Kirke ( An Iron Will):
- GREEN. - - Squire Rodney has been looking into your affairs, and, by Jove! he swears you've deceived Hazel Kirke!
- ARTHUR. Deceived her? How?
- GREEN. He says that your marriage to her was a pretence, a farce, a lie.
- 1908 S. Florence Ray: Fallen Petals. page 17:
- In the month of May,
- When all nature seems in touch with hidden jewels,
- We called her Hazel,
- Hazel May.
- 2002 Susan Starbuck: Hazel Wolf: Fighting the Establishment. ISBN 0295982225 page 26:
- Now, as I mentioned earlier, I never liked the name Hazel. I didn't like being called after a nut. I wanted to be called Rosemary, something pretty.