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teasel

or tea路zel, tea路zle

[ tee-zuhl ]
/ 藞ti z蓹l /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object), tea路seled, tea路sel路ing or (especially British) tea路selled, tea路sel路ling.
to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; dress by means of teasels.
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Origin of teasel

before 1000; Middle English tesel,Old English t牵sel; akin to tease

OTHER WORDS FROM teasel

tea路sel路er; especially British, tea路sel路ler, nounun路tea路seled, adjectiveun路tea路selled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for teasel

teasel

teazel or teazle

/ (藞ti藧z蓹l) /

noun
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
  1. the prickly dried flower head of the fuller's teasel, used for teasing
  2. any manufactured implement used for the same purpose
verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled
(tr) to tease (a fabric)

Derived forms of teasel

teaseller, noun

Word Origin for teasel

Old English t牵sel; related to Old High German zeisala teasel, Norwegian t墨sl undergrowth, t墨sla to tear to bits; see tease
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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