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Teasel \Tea"sel\, n. [OE. tesel, AS. t[=ae]sel, t[=ae]sl, the fuller's herb. See Tease.] [Written also tassel, tazel, teasle, teazel, and teazle.]

  1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Dipsacus, of which one species ( Dipsacus fullonum) bears a large flower head covered with stiff, prickly, hooked bracts. This flower head, when dried, is used for raising a nap on woolen cloth.

    Note: Small teasel is Dipsacus pilosus, wild teasel is Dipsacus sylvestris.

  2. A bur of this plant.

  3. Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in dressing cloth.

    Teasel frame, a frame or set of iron bars in which teasel heads are fixed for raising the nap on woolen cloth.


Teasel \Tea"sel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Teaseledor Teaselled; p. pr. & vb. n. Teaseling or Teaselling.] To subject, as woolen cloth, to the action of teasels, or any substitute for them which has an effect to raise a nap.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also teazel, teazle, type of plant, Old English tæsel "large thistle used in teasing cloth," from Proto-Germanic *taisilo (cognates: Old High German zeisala), from root of Old English tæsan "to pluck" (see tease (v.)).


n. 1 Any of several plants of the genus ''Dipsacus''. 2 The dried flower head of the fuller's teasel, (taxlink Dipsacus fullonum species noshow=1), used for tease or carding cloth. 3 Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in dressing cloth. vb. To raise the nap on cloth; to tease; to card.

  1. n. any of several herbs of the genus Dipsacus native to the Old World having flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts [syn: teazel, teasle]

  2. [also: teaselling, teaselled]

Usage examples of "teasel".

When spring came, I landed in Margate with a pocket full of coins and made my way to Teasel Hill.

The autumnal sun smiled on midmorning, and Devon and Merry, preparing to stroll back to Teasel Hill, found that such a simple walk posed all kinds of logistical problems.

At Teasel Hill two shouts brought the household and half the garden staff on the instant.

And after we bought Teasel Hill, farmers could hardly find feed for their stock that season because the aristocracy was so busy thatching cottages for themselves with it.

London these six days and only returned to Teasel Hill late this afternoon.

Merry to escape Teasel Hill well before the hour she had appointed to meet Raven.

She narrowly avoided inebriation by ordering a round dozen bottles of the port to be delivered to Teasel Hill and took her leave of the beaming proprietor.

I completely forgot to send a message to Teasel Hill, and so Aunt April arrived here with your mother!

And then he thought of Devon and Merry, and how he had seen them in the garden at Teasel Hill, clinging to each other as though they were one person, laughing like children about some silliness only they understood.

After she had eaten and washed, she was pulling tangles out of her wet hair with a twig and her fingers when she saw the dried teasel she had been using to comb and untangle some shaggy bark for twining.

Combing Whinney regularly had given her the idea to use the teasel on the fibers, and it was a natural step to try it on her own hair.

She brought grain to Whinney, and spent a few moments currying her with a teasel and scratching the little colt with it as well.

Ayla adjusted the tie on her new wrap, put her amulet round her neck, and pushed her hair, just brushed with teasel but not quite dry, back from her face.

Then she led her to Racer and showed the girl how to hold the teasel to curry the shaggy winter coat of the young horse.

They must have washed and rewashed the stain, with a teasel brush, because they also found a piece of teasel.