from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See hazel.
  • n. See hazelnut.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The hazelnut.
  • n. The hazel tree.
  • n. A paintbrush used in oil and acrylic painting with a long ferrule and a curving, tongue-shaped head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fruit of the Corylus Avellana or Corylus maxima, also called the hazel; the hazelnut. It is an oval nut, containing a kernel that has a mild, farinaceous, oily taste, agreeable to the palate.
  • n. The tree bearing the filbert; the hazelnut tree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cultivated variety of the common hazelnut, Corylus Avellana. The Turkey filbert is the fruit of C. Colurna. See Corylus.
  • n. The shrub which bears the nut. Also called filbert-tree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. nut of any of several trees of the genus Corylus
  • n. small nut-bearing tree much grown in Europe


Middle English, from Old French (nois de) filbert, (nut of) Philbert, after Saint Philibert (died 684), whose feast day in late August coincides with the ripening of the nut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Earlier filbert-nut, Philibert-nut (compare Norman French noix de filbert), because they are ripe near St. Philibert’s Day (22 August). (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.