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teasel

[tee-zuhl]
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:
before 1000; Middle English tesel, Old English tǣsel; akin to tease

teaseler; especially British, teaseller, noun
unteaseled, adjective
unteaselled, adjective
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teasel, teazel or teazle (ˈtiːzəl)
 
n
1.  See also fuller's teasel 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
2.  a.  the prickly dried flower head of the fuller's teasel, used for teasing
 b.  any manufactured implement used for the same purpose
 
vb , -sels, -selling, -selled, -sels, -seling, -seled
3.  (tr) to tease (a fabric)
 
[Old English tǣsel; related to Old High German zeisala teasel, Norwegian tīsl undergrowth, tīsla to tear to bits; see tease]
 
teazel, teazel or teazle
 
n
 
vb
 
[Old English tǣsel; related to Old High German zeisala teasel, Norwegian tīsl undergrowth, tīsla to tear to bits; see tease]
 
teazle, teazel or teazle
 
n
 
vb
 
[Old English tǣsel; related to Old High German zeisala teasel, Norwegian tīsl undergrowth, tīsla to tear to bits; see tease]
 
'teaseller, teazel or teazle
 
n

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teasel
O.E. tæsel "large thistle used in teasing cloth," from P.Gmc. *taisilo (cf. O.H.G. zeisala), from root of O.E. tæsan "to pluck" (see tease).
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