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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus, native to the Old World, having flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts.
  • n. The bristly flower head of D. sativus, used to produce a napped surface on wool and other fabrics.
  • n. A wire device used to produce a napped surface.
  • transitive v. To produce a napped surface on (a fabric).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus.
  • n. The dried flower head of the fuller's teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, used for teasing or carding cloth.
  • v. To raise the nap on cloth; to tease; to card.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A bur of this plant.
  • n. Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in dressing cloth.
  • transitive v. To subject, as woolen cloth, to the action of teasels, or any substitute for them which has an effect to raise a nap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See teazel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several herbs of the genus Dipsacus native to the Old World having flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts

Etymologies

Middle English tesel, from Old English tǣsel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English tesel, tasil, tasel, tosel, from Old English tǣsel, tǣsl ("to tease"), from Proto-Germanic *taisilō, *taislō (“thistle”), from Proto-Indo-European *dāy- (“to separate, divide”). Cognate with Scots tasil, tassill ("teasel"), German Zeisel ("thistle, teasel"). Related to tease. (Wiktionary)

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