or tea·zel, tea·zle

[ tee-zuh l ]
/ ˈti zəl /


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·seled, tea·sel·ing or (especially British) tea·selled, tea·sel·ling.

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

Related forms

tea·sel·er; especially British, tea·sel·ler, nounun·tea·seled, adjectiveun·tea·selled, adjective
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teazel or teazle

/ (ˈtiːzəl) /


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

teaseller, noun

Word Origin for teasel

Old English tǣsel; related to Old High German zeisala teasel, Norwegian tīsl undergrowth, tīsla to tear to bits; see tease
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