See Middle English wiche, from Old English wice (“pliant, bendable, weak”). Folk etymology refers to use by witches and other sorcerers of folkish magic using the plant in potions; however, compare German Zaubernuss (“witch hazel, literally 'magic nut'”).
- (countable) Any of several small deciduous trees, of the genus Hamamelis, having yellow flowers
- (uncountable) An extract of the bark and/or leaves of this plant, used as an astringent
- (Hamamelis virginiana): American witch hazel