American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus, native to the Old World, having flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts.
- n. The bristly flower head of D. sativus, used to produce a napped surface on wool and other fabrics.
- n. A wire device used to produce a napped surface.
- v. To produce a napped surface on (a fabric).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See teazel.
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus.
- n. The dried flower head of the fuller's teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, used for teasing or carding cloth.
- v. To raise the nap on cloth; to tease; to card.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. A bur of this plant.
- n. Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in dressing cloth.
- v. To subject, as woolen cloth, to the action of teasels, or any substitute for them which has an effect to raise a nap.
- n. any of several herbs of the genus Dipsacus native to the Old World having flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts
- From Middle English tesel, tasil, tasel, tosel, from Old English tǣsel, tǣsl ("to tease"), from Proto-Germanic *taisilō, *taislō (“thistle”), from Proto-Indo-European *dāy- (“to separate, divide”). Cognate with Scots tasil, tassill ("teasel"), German Zeisel ("thistle, teasel"). Related to tease. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tesel, from Old English tǣsel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It must be remembered that the teasel is a very useful article in dressing cloth, immense cards of them being set in machinery and made to pass over the cloth and raise and clean the nap.”
“Fennel and miscanthus, verbena and teasel make good hibernacula for beneficial insects and their seed keeps the birds going in the cold periods as well as providing winter interest.”
“O hai from LCB, tessm, teasel, jamamakitty and GCHLoki.”
“Cardère, or "wild teasel", scatters itself not far from the roadside, its "arms" stretched high, its body, lithe.”
“We walked slowly so that I could keep an eye out for late-blooming eglantine and teasel heads, chatting casually.”
“Riparian vegetation in narrow reaches is often limited to a band of white alder at the water line; broader floodplains and gravel bars are dominated by introduced species, such as reed canarygrass, sweetclover, and teasel.”
“June 30, 2009 at 4:43 am dis lol is fur teasel who duz awl teh puzzlez!”
“May 20, 2009 at 6:49 am ooh now dat wud be teh funneee………. if we posts dem in our pix yew can capshun dems tooooo…. i be shur to get lots of pix of yesplis an cween mj and teasel!”
“September 30, 2009 at 6:03 am ohai to whirrrld trabelers! me n teasel are going to Sedona in 2 week week weeks an it luks like we can haz cheezmeet wif the famisssss romeow!”
“NOMMMM oh cween is referring to a danube ribber croooz dat her, jch4k, teasel an me are takin in decembrrrrs…… twill be a grande adbenchur!”
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