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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.


n. (alternative spelling of teasel English)


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

Usage examples of "teasle".

He saw Teasle dispersing into triple focus down there, eyes bright, aiming, and he knew there should be no other way.

Teasle would be cleaning a gun or preparing a special cartridge load, and right away Orval would step in, giving his advice, taking over, and Teasle hated it, told him to butt out, that he could do things himself, often argued with him.

Then the smell reached him, and he looked, and Orval was sitting at the end of the fire, dragging on a thin self-rolled cigarette, the smoke drifting toward Teasle in the cool early breeze.

Clutching his blanket, Teasle shifted close to Orval and lit a cigarette off the glow of a stick from the fire.

The deputies were trying to keep up with Teasle and he was straining to keep up with Orval, and there was a moment as he raced across the grass, the sun bright and hot on him, his arms and legs in swift steady rhythm, when he felt he could go on forever.

Abruptly Orval surged farther ahead, and Teasle could not match his speed anymore.

He had four shots off when another man joined him, and then another, and then except for Teasle and Orval, everyone was laying down a heavy line of fire, the gun reports rattling off together, as if a bandoleer of ammunition had been thrown into a furnace and the heated cartridges were exploding in a steady roll.

But Orval was too close to the edge, Teasle was sure he would be seen from the woods below.

They reeled backward, falling, and Teasle lost hold of Orval, and the next thing he knew he was flat on his back at the bottom of the slope, water swelling over him, rocks tumbling painfully against him.

Orval had been on that hunt and now Orval was shot too, and as Teasle guided Mitch through the storm across the bluff, he was more and more afraid that he himself was going to die as well.

The chin pointed forward a little, and Teasle was reminded of how Orval sometimes used to think of people in terms of animals.

But Orval had taught him to judge a man by his grip as well, and when Trautman came in three steps out of the ditch, his handshake was not what Teasle expected.

The final confrontation between Rambo and Teasle would show that in this microcosmic version of the Vietnam war and American attitudes about it, escalating force results in disaster.

And red yet, Rambo thought as Teasle drove into the parking lot at the side.

Then Teasle opened the door into an office at the very end of the hall, and Rambo held back a moment.