or tea·zel, tea·zle
verb (used with object), tea·seled, tea·sel·ing or (especially British) tea·selled, tea·sel·ling.
Origin of teasel
Examples from the Web for teasel
All these Indians spin the thread, of which they make their nets, of a kind of teasel.The Conquest of the River Plate (1535-1555)|Ulrich Schmidt
The teasel and sun and moon were emblematical of the chief staples of the place; the woollen trade and the mining interests.A Book of the West. Volume I Devon|S. Baring-Gould
There were large rocks and tangled masses of brambles, and faded clumps of ragwort and teasel, and yellow bracken stumps.For the School Colours|Angela Brazil
The teasel (Dipsacus) was abundant, as were also several of the true thistles.
In fact, 'the seal of the Port-reeve bears a church between a teasel and a saltire, with the sun and moon above.'Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts|Rosalind Northcote
British Dictionary definitions for teasel
teazel or teazle
- the prickly dried flower head of the fuller's teasel, used for teasing
- any manufactured implement used for the same purpose
verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled
Word Origin for teasel
Word Origin and History for teasel
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.)).