cor·nel (kôrnəl, -nĕl′)
Any of various plants of the genus Cornus, which includes the bunchberry and dogwoods.
[Short for German Kornelbaum, cornel tree (from Middle High German kurnelboum, from Old High German kurnilboum) or from French cornouille, both from Medieval Latin corniola, from diminutive of Latin cornus.]
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