- any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus, having prickly leaves and flower heads.Compare teasel family.
- the dried flower head or bur of the plant D. fullonum, used for teasing or teaseling cloth.
- any mechanical contrivance used for teaseling.
verb (used with object), tea·seled, tea·sel·ing or (especially British) tea·selled, tea·sel·ling.
- to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; dress by means of teasels.
- any of various stout biennial plants of the genus Dipsacus, of Eurasia and N Africa, having prickly leaves and prickly heads of yellow or purple flowers: family DipsacaceaeSee also fuller’s teasel
- the prickly dried flower head of the fuller’s teasel, used for teasing
- any manufactured implement used for the same purpose
verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled
- (tr) to tease (a fabric)
n.Old English tæsel “large thistle used in teasing cloth,” from Proto-Germanic *taisilo (cf. Old High German zeisala), from root of Old English tæsan “to pluck” (see tease (v.)).