- any of a genus (Dipsacus) of bristly plants of the teasel family, with prickly, cylindrical heads of yellowish or purplish flowers, esp. the fuller's teasel (D. fullonum) with flower heads having sharp, spinelike bracts
- a flower head of the fuller's teasel, used when dried for raising a nap on cloth
- any device for raising a nap on cloth
Origin of teaselMiddle English tasel from Old English tæsel from base of tæsan, to tease
- 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.
transitive verbtea·seled, tea·sel·ing, tea·sels, or tea·selled tea·sel·ling
Origin of teaselMiddle English tesel from Old English tǣsel
(third-person singular simple present teasels, present participle teaselling or teaseling, simple past and past participle teaselled or teaseled)
From Middle English tesel, tasil, tasel, tosel, from Old English tÇ£sel, tÇ£sl (“to tease"), from Proto-Germanic *taisilÅ, *taislÅ (“thistle"), from Proto-Indo-European *dÄy- (“to separate, divide"). Cognate with Scots tasil, tassill (“teasel"), German Zeisel (“thistle, teasel"). Related to tease.