Pronunciation: (tas'ul), [key]
—n., v., -seled, -sel•ingor (esp. Brit.) -selled, -sel•ling.
1. a pendent ornament consisting commonly of a bunch of threads, small cords, or other strands hanging from a roundish knob or head, used on clothing, in jewelry, on curtains, etc.
2. something resembling this, as the inflorescence of certain plants, esp. that at the summit of a stalk of corn.
1. to furnish or adorn with tassels.
2. to form into a tassel or tassels.
3. to remove the tassel from (growing corn) in order to improve the crop.
(of corn) to put forth tassels (often fol. by out).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.