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teasel

[tee-zuh l] /ˈti zəl/
noun
1.
any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus, having prickly leaves and flower heads.
Compare teasel family.
2.
the dried flower head or bur of the plant D. fullonum, used for teasing or teaseling cloth.
3.
any mechanical contrivance used for teaseling.
verb (used with object), teaseled, teaseling or (especially British) teaselled, teaselling.
4.
to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; dress by means of teasels.
Also, teazel, teazle.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English tesel, Old English tǣsel; akin to tease
Related forms
teaseler; especially British, teaseller, noun
unteaseled, adjective
unteaselled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for teaseler

teasel

/ˈtiːzəl/
noun
1.
any of various stout biennial plants of the genus Dipsacus, of Eurasia and N Africa, having prickly leaves and prickly heads of yellow or purple flowers: family Dipsacaceae See also fuller's teasel
2.
  1. the prickly dried flower head of the fuller's teasel, used for teasing
  2. any manufactured implement used for the same purpose
verb -sels, -selling, -selled (US) -sels, -seling, -seled
3.
(transitive) to tease (a fabric)
Derived Forms
teaseller, noun
Word Origin
Old English tǣsel; related to Old High German zeisala teasel, Norwegian tīsl undergrowth, tīsla to tear to bits; see tease
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Word Origin and History for teaseler

teasel

n.

Old English tæsel "large thistle used in teasing cloth," from Proto-Germanic *taisilo (cf. Old High German zeisala), from root of Old English tæsan "to pluck" (see tease (v.)).

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