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1. A bunch of loose threads or cords bound at one end and hanging free at the other, used as an ornament on curtains or clothing, for example.
2. Something that resembles such an ornament, especially the pollen-bearing inflorescence of a corn plant.
v. tas·seled, tas·sel·ing, tas·sels or tas·selled or tas·sel·ling
To fringe or decorate with tassels.
To put forth a tassellike inflorescence. Used especially of corn.
[Middle English, from Old French, fastening, clasp, from Vulgar Latin *tassellus, blend of Latin tessella, small die; see tessellate, and taxillus, diminutive of tālus, knucklebone, ankle.]
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