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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.

[O.Sc. hesill, from early 15th c., hasil, from 1594. The s.Sc. form heezle corresponds to O.Sc. hissill, from early 16th c., North. Mid.Eng. hesel, and O.N. hesli, the hazel.]

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"Hazel n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jan 2019 <>



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