noun tas·sel \ˈta-səl, oftenest of corn ˈtä-, ˈt-\

: a decoration made of a bunch of strings fastened at one end

: a flower or group of flowers at the top of a cornstalk

Full Definition of TASSEL

:  a dangling ornament made by laying parallel a bunch of cords or threads of even length and fastening them at one end
:  something resembling a tassel; especially :  the terminal male inflorescence of some plants and especially corn

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Origin of TASSEL

Middle English, clasp, tassel, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *tassellus, alteration of Latin taxillus small die; akin to Latin talus anklebone, die
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with TASSEL


tasseled or tasselledtassel·ing or tassel·ling \-s(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of TASSEL

transitive verb
:  to adorn with tassels
intransitive verb
:  to put forth tassel inflorescences

First Known Use of TASSEL

14th century

Rhymes with TASSEL


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