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1. Any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus, native to Eurasia and northern Africa, having prickly stems and flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts.
a. The cultivated teasel D. sativus. Also called fuller's teasel.
b. The bristly flower head of this plant, used to produce a napped surface on wool and other fabrics.
c. A wire device used to produce a napped surface.
tr.v. tea·seled, tea·sel·ing, tea·sels or tea·selled or tea·sel·ling
To produce a napped surface on (a fabric).
[Middle English tesel, from Old English tǣsel.]
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1. (Plants) 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 Dipsacaceae. See also fuller's teasel
a. the prickly dried flower head of the fuller's teasel, used for teasing
b. any manufactured implement used for the same purpose
vb, -sels, -selling or -selled, -sels, -seling or -seled
(Textiles) (tr) to tease (a fabric)
[Old English tǣsel; related to Old High German zeisala teasel, Norwegian tīsl undergrowth, tīsla to tear to bits; see tease]
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n., v. -seled, -sel•ing (esp. Brit.) -selled, -sel•ling. n.
1. any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus, of the teasel family, having prickly leaves and flower heads.
2. the dried flower head or burr of the plant D. fullonum, used for teaseling cloth.
3. any mechanical contrivance used for teaseling cloth.v.t.
4. to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; dress by means of teasels.Often, teazel, teazle.
[before 1000; Middle English tesel, Old English tǣsel; akin to tease]
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teasel- A tool for raising the nap of something.
See also related terms for nap.
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Past participle: teaselled
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|Noun||1.||teasel - any of several herbs of the genus Dipsacus native to the Old World having flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts|
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
common teasel, Dipsacus fullonum - teasel with lilac flowers native to Old World but naturalized in North America; dried flower heads used to raise a nap on woolen cloth
Dipsacus sativus, fuller's teasel - similar to the common teasel and similarly used; widespread in Europe and North Africa and western Asia; naturalized in United States
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