One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dogwood, especially of a dwarf variety.
Genus Cornus, family Cornaceae: several species, including the dwarf C. suecica
- ‘The best fruit of any Old World species is that of Cornus mas, commonly called cornel or cornelian cherry.’
- ‘The survakane - a decorated branch from a cornel tree - is another tradition of well-wishing.’
- ‘The cornel tree is a symbol of health, prosperity and power on Vassil Day.’
- ‘For Christmas or New Year's, fortunes in the form of coins, cornel cherry twigs, or slips of paper are inserted in banitsa or bread.’
- ‘The army's striking force was provided by the Companion Cavalry, who wielded spears of tough cornel wood.’
Late Middle English (denoting the wood of the cornelian cherry): from Old French corneille, from Latin cornus.
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