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teasel

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noun tea·sel \ˈtē-zəl\

Definition of teasel

  1. 1a :  an Old World prickly herb (Dipsacus fullonum of the family Dipsacaceae, the teasel family) with flower heads that are covered with stiff hooked bracts and were used especially formerly in the woolen industry —called also fuller's teaselb :  a plant of the same genus as the teasel

  2. 2a :  a flower head of the fuller's teasel used when dried to raise a nap on woolen clothb :  a wire substitute for the teasel



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Origin of teasel

Middle English tesel, from Old English tǣsel; akin to Old English tǣsan to tease


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with teasel


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teasel

transitive verb tea·sel

Definition of teasel

tea·seled or tea·selledtea·sel·ing or tea·sel·ling play \ˈtēz-liŋ, ˈtē-zə-\

  1. :  to nap (cloth) with teasels



1543

First Known Use of teasel

1543


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