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08:58 Jan 18, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: Zaubernuss
The "Zaubernuss" is a kind of flower that might be blossoming in December even. So I need a translation or reference to a professional botanical source.
Henning Bochert
Germany
Local time: 00:32
English translation:Hamamelis, witch hazel and more
Explanation:
Dear colleagues, dear Bochert:
joining in the desperate scramble for priceless KudoZ points, here my attempt to out-dictionary everyone else:
Zaubernuss is indeed Hamamelis or witch-hazel. However, there is more to it than Langenscheidt wishes to tell us:

5-6 species:
H. x intermedia, a hybrid of japoniaca and mollis
H.japonica - Japanese Witch Hazel
H.mollis - Chinese Witch Hazel
H.vernalis - native to North America
H.virginiana - Virginian Witch Hazel, native to North America
All this is in Hyam/Pankhurst: Plants and their Names, Oxford Univ. Press, 1995

It follows from FAO Terminology Bulletin 25/1 (Plants and Plant Products) and from Uphof's Dictionary of Economic Plants (Verlag von J. Cramer, 1968, still available in 1997) that the species commonly used is H.virginiana, the specific products being:
Hamamelis Cortex (Witchhazel Bark)
Hamamelic Water (Extract of Witchhazel)

Regards, Christopher Hay
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Local time: 00:32
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Summary of answers provided
na +1Hamamelis, witch hazel and moreChristopher Hay
naHamamelis Hamamelidaceae/ Witch HazelAndréa Basili
naZaubernuss
Adolpho J Silva
nawitch hazelJohn Schweinsberg
naHamamelis
Marion Schimmelpfennig
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44 mins
hamamelis


Explanation:
Found Zaubernuss in WAHRIG Dictionary and Oxford English Dictionary translates explains hamamelis:any shrub of the genus Hamamelis, e.g.wych-hazel

Ingrid Blank
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50 mins
Hamamelis


Explanation:
The technical term of the German word Zaubernuss would be Hamamelis. This is a medicinal herb / ornamental plant.

Marion Schimmelpfennig
Local time: 00:32
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
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1 hr
witch hazel


Explanation:
Muret-Sanders Encyclopaedic says that this is "witch hazel" (Hamemelis virginiana)

My Langenscheidt biology dictionary only has an entry for "Zaubernußartige" = Hamamelidales (Ordnung der Zweikeimblättrigen)

John Schweinsberg
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1 hr
Zaubernuss


Explanation:
In English, the German botannical term Zaubernuss is Hamamelis

Adolpho J Silva
Brazil
Local time: 20:32
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 27
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22 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
Hamamelis, witch hazel and more


Explanation:
Dear colleagues, dear Bochert:
joining in the desperate scramble for priceless KudoZ points, here my attempt to out-dictionary everyone else:
Zaubernuss is indeed Hamamelis or witch-hazel. However, there is more to it than Langenscheidt wishes to tell us:

5-6 species:
H. x intermedia, a hybrid of japoniaca and mollis
H.japonica - Japanese Witch Hazel
H.mollis - Chinese Witch Hazel
H.vernalis - native to North America
H.virginiana - Virginian Witch Hazel, native to North America
All this is in Hyam/Pankhurst: Plants and their Names, Oxford Univ. Press, 1995

It follows from FAO Terminology Bulletin 25/1 (Plants and Plant Products) and from Uphof's Dictionary of Economic Plants (Verlag von J. Cramer, 1968, still available in 1997) that the species commonly used is H.virginiana, the specific products being:
Hamamelis Cortex (Witchhazel Bark)
Hamamelic Water (Extract of Witchhazel)

Regards, Christopher Hay

Christopher Hay
Germany
Local time: 00:32
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 23

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agree  Jacqueline McKay
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3 days1 hr
Hamamelis Hamamelidaceae/ Witch Hazel


Explanation:
This is the answer provided in Elsevier's Dictionary of Plant Names. More specific information is provided depending on the adjective preceeding "Zaubernuss", for example: Virginische Zaubernuss = Virginian / Common Witch Hazel etc.
good luck!

Andréa Basili
Italy
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PRO pts in pair: 4
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