Etymology
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witch hazel (n.)

1540s, probably from Old English wice "Applied generally or vaguely to various trees having pliant branches" [OED], from wican "to bend" (from PIE root *weik- (2) "to bend, to wind") + hæsel, used for any bush of the pine family (see hazel (n.)). The North American bush, from which a soothing lotion is made, was so called from 1670s. This is the source of the verb witch in dowsing.

updated on October 19, 2017

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Definitions of witch hazel from WordNet

witch hazel (n.)
any of several shrubs or trees of the genus Hamamelis; bark yields an astringent lotion;
Synonyms: witch hazel plant / wych hazel / wych hazel plant
witch hazel (n.)
lotion consisting of an astringent alcoholic solution containing an extract from the witch hazel plant;
Synonyms: wych hazel
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