or tea·zel, tea·zle
- any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus, having prickly leaves and flower heads.Compare teasel family.
- the dried flower head or bur of the plant D. fullonum, used for teasing or teaseling cloth.
- any mechanical contrivance used for teaseling.
- to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; dress by means of teasels.
Origin of teasel
before 1000; Middle English tesel, Old English tǣsel; akin to tease
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Examples from the Web for teazel
The raising of caraway, coriander, and teazel is almost peculiar to this county.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
The leaves of the involucre are spiny in thistles and in teazel (Dipsacus), and hooked in burdock.
If a 'prentice of mine cannot clean his platter, I know that I shall get little from him with carder and teazel.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
teazel or teazle
- any of various stout biennial plants of the genus Dipsacus, of Eurasia and N Africa, having prickly leaves and prickly heads of yellow or purple flowers: family DipsacaceaeSee also fuller's teasel
- the prickly dried flower head of the fuller's teasel, used for teasing
- any manufactured implement used for the same purpose
- (tr) to tease (a fabric)
Old English tǣsel; related to Old High German zeisala teasel, Norwegian tīsl undergrowth, tīsla to tear to bits; see tease
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Word Origin and History for teazel
Old English tæsel "large thistle used in teasing cloth," from Proto-Germanic *taisilo (cf. Old High German zeisala), from root of Old English tæsan "to pluck" (see tease (v.)).
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