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teasel

noun tea·sel \ ˈtē-zəl \

Definition of teasel

1 a : 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 teasel
b : a plant of the same genus as the teasel
2 a : a flower head of the fuller's teasel used when dried to raise a nap on woolen cloth
b : a wire substitute for the teasel

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Origin and Etymology of teasel

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


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teasel

verb

Definition of teasel

teaseled or teaselled; teaseling or teaselling play \ˈtēz-liŋ, ˈtē-zə-\
transitive verb
: to nap (cloth) with teasels

First Known Use of teasel

1543


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