Definition of teasel
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
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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Some Indian tailors who make expensive clothing use cashmere refined by an Irish mill, the last one in the world apparently, and use teasel for that purpose.
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Origin and Etymology of teasel
Middle English tesel, from Old English tǣsel; akin to Old English tǣsan to tease
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of teasel
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