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[tee-zuh l] /ˈti zəl/
noun, verb (used with object), teazeled, teazeling or (especially British) teazelled, teazelling.
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British Dictionary definitions for teazel


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
  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
(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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