Variant of tassel
- Obsolete a clasp or fibula
- an ornamental tuft of threads, cords, etc. of equal length, hanging loosely from a knob or from the knot by which they are tied together
- something resembling this; specif., the tassel-like inflorescence of some plants, as corn
Origin: ME < OFr, knob, knot, button < VL *tassellus, altered < L taxillus, a small die (akin to talus, ankle), based on L tessella, small cube, piece of mosaic
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