Posted by R. Berg on February 05, 2002
In Reply to: hazelnut posted by Word Camel on February 05, 2002
: : I know that it isn't a phrase but I can't for the life of me find the latin translation for the word "hazelnut". Can anyone help? Thanks.
: I'm no expert on nuts - as has been proved in pervious discussions, however I do know that the Latin name for the Hazel itself is Corylua Avellana.
: Maybe someone else can help with the nut part.
From the 1934 Webster's unabridged:
"Hazel" derives, through a series of forms in different languages, from the Latin "corylus." (Not clear what the referent of "corylus" is; maybe the shrub.) "Corylus" is also the genus name. The European species is C. avellana; the U.S. species is C. americana.
Latin for nut is "nux" or "nucis."