Pronunciation: (tē'zul), [key]
—n., v., -seled, -sel•ing or (esp. Brit.) -selled, -sel•ling.
1. any of several plants of the genus Dipsacus, having prickly leaves and flower heads. Cf. teasel family.
2. the dried flower head or bur of the plant D. fullonum, used for teasing or teaseling cloth.
3. any mechanical contrivance used for teaseling.
to raise a nap on (cloth) with teasels; dress by means of teasels. Also,teazel,teazle.
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