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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]
Past participle: teazelled
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|Noun||1.||teazel - 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