Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1A temperate shrub or small tree with broad leaves, bearing prominent male catkins in spring and round hard-shelled edible nuts in autumn.
- ‘The course is aimed at beginners, and will help them spot the difference between the hazel and the hawthorn, and the beech from a birch.’
- ‘He could clearly distinguish elders, hazels and sloes.’
- ‘Cultivation of hazels probably began in classical times in Europe.’
- ‘The vast forested areas grew colossal numbers of trees such as hazel, oak, ash, beech, and many others.’
- ‘The marsh gave way gradually to dry land, and the reeds and willows to hazels and elders.’
- ‘The oak tree across the road is practically bare but the beeches and hazels behind it are still fully leafed.’
- ‘The native trees planted include oak, ash, birch, alder, hazel, yew, and Scots pine.’
- ‘Half of the field will be planted with native ash, along with cherry, rowan and hazel trees.’
- ‘The birds were singing and the hazel catkins were open.’
- ‘Both of the island chains were once covered in dense woodlands of birch, alder, willow, hazel, rowan and aspen.’
- ‘Oak, hazel, willow, and lime were among the most useful trees to be cultivated.’
- ‘Oak, ash, hazel, cherry and holly will do well on dry sites.’
- ‘The scrub provides a good habitat for song birds including a small area of hazel coppice.’
- ‘A small section of the woodland consists of hazel coppice.’
2mass noun A reddish-brown or greenish-brown colour, especially of a person's eyes.as modifier ‘the laughing hazel eyes were serious now’
hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut-brownView synonyms
- ‘His eyes were a deep kind of hazel brown, which made him look really handsome.’
- ‘After a year in a hospital, her eyes were still a green hazel, but they were dull, no longer bright.’
- ‘He was naturally tanned, had really dark brown hair and deep hazel eyes.’
- ‘A man with auburn hair and hazel eyes stalked purposefully into the room.’
- ‘He was the taller of them, with sharp blue eyes and hazel coloured hair.’
- ‘He has hazel coloured eyes that actually light up every time he smiles or laughs.’
- ‘His eyes were a soft hazel, with heavy lids and dark circles beneath.’
- ‘I had large eyes that most people described as cute; they were a murky hazel.’
- ‘She had long luscious brown hair and hazel colored eyes.’
- ‘Her hair had hazel highlights.’
- ‘There is a distinct look of fear about his round hazel eyes.’
- ‘The boy looked to be about my age with mousy hair and hazel eyes.’
- ‘She couldn't quite put her finger on the colour; not quite hazel, not quite green.’
- ‘Dr. Michaels peered through her thin-rimmed glasses and studied her with serious hazel eyes.’
- ‘The young boy's eyes were a golden hazel, like his father's.’
- ‘She motioned towards a cute hazel eyed guy with dark hair.’
- ‘I was slightly uncomfortable under her intense gaze and I tried to ignore the way her hazel eyes bore into me.’
- ‘She always found it strange he has blue eyes and all the other men in his family have greenish hazel eyes.’
- ‘She was short with long wavy brown hair and hazel eyes.’
- ‘Her eyes, hazel in colour, were very piercing.’
Old English hæsel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hazelaar ‘hazel tree’, hazelnoot ‘hazelnut’, and German Hasel, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin corylus.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.