Teasel Tea"sel, n. [OE. tesel, AS. t[=ae]sel, t[=ae]sl, the fuller's herb. See {Tease}.] [Written also {tassel}, {tazel}, {teasle}, {teazel}, and {teazle}.] 1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Dipsacus}, of which one species ({Dipsacus fullonum}) bears a large flower head covered with stiff, prickly, hooked bracts. This flower head, when dried, is used for raising a nap on woolen cloth. [1913 Webster]

Note: Small teasel is {Dipsacus pilosus}, wild teasel is {Dipsacus sylvestris}. [1913 Webster]

2. A bur of this plant. [1913 Webster]

3. Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in dressing cloth. [1913 Webster]

{Teasel frame}, a frame or set of iron bars in which teasel heads are fixed for raising the nap on woolen cloth. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Teazel — Tea zel, n. & v. t. See {Teasel}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • teazel — or teazle [tē′zəl] n., vt. alt. sp. of TEASEL …   English World dictionary

  • teazel — (also teazle) var. of TEASEL. * * * noun any of several herbs of the genus Dipsacus native to the Old World having flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts • Syn: ↑teasel, ↑teasle • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant …   Useful english dictionary

  • teazel — /tee zeuhl/, n., v.t., teazeled, teazeling or (esp. Brit.) teazelled, teazelling. teasel. * * * …   Universalium

  • teazel — tea|zel teazle [ˈti:zəl] n another spelling of ↑teasel …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • teazel — [[t]ti͟ːz(ə)l[/t]] see teasel …   English dictionary

  • teazel — v. comb, raise a nap on cloth (also teasel) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • teazel — noun (C) another spelling of teasel …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • teazel — tea•zel [[t]ˈti zəl[/t]] n. v. t. zeled, zel•ing (esp. brit.) zelled, zel•ling. pln tex teasel …   From formal English to slang

  • teazel — /ˈtizəl/ (say teezuhl) noun, verb (t) (teazelled or, US, teazeled, teazelling or, US, teazeling) → teasel …   Australian English dictionary

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