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
Examples from the Web for teazle
Historical Examples of teazle
Will called Teazle away, while he and Almy tried very hard not to laugh.
"Thou hast again said it, neighbour, and not I," returned Teazle.William Shakespeare as he lived.
The fact was, Dobbs was a greater blockhead than Teazle, if that were possible.
Short and Dobbs never united for any other purpose but the abuse of Teazle.
Dobbs had one theory, Short another, and Teazle still another.
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)
Word Origin 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.)).