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- v. To pull apart or asunder; touse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To tease, or comb, as wool.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pull about or asunder; touse.
- Specifically To tease (wool).
From Middle English tosen, from Old English *tāsan ("to tease"), from Proto-Germanic *taisanan (“to tug, separate, shred”), from Proto-Indo-European *dāy- (“to divide, separate”). Cognate with Old High German zeisan ("to tease, pick wool"). Related also to Dutch tezen ("to draw, pull, scratch"), Danish tæse ("to tease"), Old English tǣsan ("to tease"). More at tease. (Wiktionary)