Definition of witch hazel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


witch hazel

BrE BrE//ˈwɪtʃ heɪzl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪtʃ heɪzl//
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a liquid that is used for treating injuries on the skin Word Originmid 16th cent.: witch, variant of wych, used in names of trees with pliant branches, from Old English wic(e), apparently from a Germanic root meaning ‘bend’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: witch hazel