Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove the pollen-bearing tassel from a female maize plant as part of the hybridization process.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove the tassel of growing Indian corn. See detasseling.

Etymologies

de- +‎ tassel (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I was scheduled to detassel corn that summer before college.

    Whitmore, 1969

  • Seed companies in Indiana used to rely on high school and college students to detassel corn but in the last 20 years have moved to employing migrant workers, said Kent Yeager, director of public policy for the Indiana Farm

    The Monitor :

  • Before the graveside service, friends and family talked about how a younger Bud Moit supervised teams of young people to detassel corn.

    courierpress.com Stories

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