Cineraria sconchifolia
Tassel Tas"sel, n. [OE., a fastening of a mantle, OF. tassel a fastening, clasp, F. tasseau a bracket, Fr. L. taxillus a little die, dim. of talus a die of a longish shape, rounded on two sides and marked only on the other four, a knuckle bone.] 1. A pendent ornament, attached to the corners of cushions, to curtains, and the like, ending in a tuft of loose threads or cords. [1913 Webster]

2. The flower or head of some plants, esp. when pendent. [1913 Webster]

And the maize field grew and ripened, Till it stood in all the splendor Of its garments green and yellow, Of its tassels and its plumage. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

3. A narrow silk ribbon, or the like, sewed to a book to be put between the leaves. [1913 Webster]

4. (Arch.) A piece of board that is laid upon a wall as a sort of plate, to give a level surface to the ends of floor timbers; -- rarely used in the United States. [1913 Webster]

{Tassel flower} (Bot.), a name of several composite plants of the genus {Cineraria}, especially the {Cineraria sconchifolia}, and of the blossoms which they bear. [1913 Webster]


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  • Tassel — Tas sel, n. [OE., a fastening of a mantle, OF. tassel a fastening, clasp, F. tasseau a bracket, Fr. L. taxillus a little die, dim. of talus a die of a longish shape, rounded on two sides and marked only on the other four, a knuckle bone.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tassel flower — Tassel Tas sel, n. [OE., a fastening of a mantle, OF. tassel a fastening, clasp, F. tasseau a bracket, Fr. L. taxillus a little die, dim. of talus a die of a longish shape, rounded on two sides and marked only on the other four, a knuckle bone.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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