Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
HAZEL, n., v. Also hazzle (e.Lth. 1794 G. Buchan-Hepburn Agric. e.Lth. 19), hasill- (Sc. 1886 B. & H. 244), hasle-; hesle (Ork. 1728 H. Marwick Merchant Lairds (1936) I. 140); hezel (Dmf. 1923 J. L. Waugh Thornhill 200); heezel (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). [Sc. he:zl, ‡s.Sc. hi:zl]
I. n. In Combs.: 1. hazel oil (also oil of hazel), a jocular expression for a caning, a sound beating (with a hazel stick) (Sc. 1808 Jam., oil of hazel, 1825 Jam.; Ags., Dmf. 1956); 2. hazel-palms, the catkins of the hazel, Corylus avellana (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., heezel-). See Palm; 3. hazleraw, the lichen, Lobaria pulmonaria (s.Sc. 1777 J. Lightfoot Flora Scotica II. 831; Sc. 1808 Jam., hazle-, hasle-). For -raw, see Aikraw. Now only liter.; 4. hazel-shaw, a thicket of hazels (Teviotd. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1956).
1. Bwk. 1856 G. Henderson Pop. Rhymes 100:
“The oil of hazel” has been famous in all ages as an approved application to the backs of obstinate dames, and mischievous, ill-contrived boys. Sc. 1871 W. Black Daughter of Heth xvi.:
I'll present ye with a bottle o' hazel oil, if ye ken what that is. Kcb. 1894 Crockett Raiders v.:
Ye shall suffer for this, if there's hazel-oil in Dumfries. 2. Bwk. 1853 G. Johnston Botany E. Borders 187:
The catkins [of Corylus avellana] are called, in Berwickshire, Hazel-palms. 3. Sc.(E) 1925 H.M'Diarmid Sangschaw 23:
I couldna read The words cut oot i' the stane Had the fug o' fame An' history's hazelraw No' yirdit thaim.
II. v. To beat or thrash as with a hazel stick (Cai., Rxb. 1956). Common in Eng. dials.
Abd. 1877 W. Alexander Rural Life 114:
Hacket . . . in the parley that ensued, lifted his stick, with the exclamation, “I'll hazel ye, sir!” uttered in his fiercest tones.
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