• WordNet 3.6
    • n teasel any of several herbs of the genus Dipsacus native to the Old World having flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Teasel A bur of this plant.
    • Teasel (Bot) A plant of the genus Dipsacus, of which one species (Dipsacus fullonum) bears a large flower head covered with stiff, prickly, hooked bracts. This flower head, when dried, is used for raising a nap on woolen cloth.
    • Teasel Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in dressing cloth.
    • v. t Teasel To subject, as woolen cloth, to the action of teasels, or any substitute for them which has an effect to raise a nap.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • teasel See teazel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Teasel tēz′l a plant with large burs or heads covered with stiff, hooked awns, which are used in raising a nap on cloth—also Teaz′el, Teaz′le
    • v.t Teasel to raise a nap on with the teasel:—pr.p. teas′eling; pa.t. and pa.p. teas′eled
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tesel, AS. tǣsel, tǣsl, the fuller's herb. See Tease


In literature:

It is a sort of comb or teasel.
"Bramble-bees and Others" by J. Henri Fabre
At that time every man, except two, John Platt and Ralph Teasel, two of the men who were saved, were washed off.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
Those who have lived where teasels grow will understand this illustration.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862" by Various
A teasel tick tickles!
"Exciting Adventures of Mister Robert Robin" by Ben Field
Flannels are subjected to several finishing operations, such as fulling, teaseling, pressing, and stretching.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
A Tozer teased the cloth with a teasel.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
She is of the teasel family, you know.
"Hildegarde's Holiday" by Laura E. Richards
Probably anything like that would tear the cloth, and I believe all of the mills use teasels.
"Under Fire" by Frank A. Munsey
The Contractile Filaments of the Teasel.
"Life of Charles Darwin" by G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
It has been seen swarming in a teasel-field, near Selby, Yorkshire.
"British Butterfiles" by W. S. Coleman
At this time the nap is raised by beating the cloth with the spike head of the teasel plant or its substitute.
"Handicraft for Girls" by Idabelle McGlauflin
Teasels are grown in various spots in the south-east of France and in south Germany.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various

In poetry:

The eve comes on: the teasel stoops
Its spike-crowned head before the blast;
The tattered leaves drive whirling past
Like skeletons in whistling troops.
"A November Sketch" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Idabelle Teasel July 10, 1932-Dec. Nate's breakfast benefits Salvation Army and Holiday Bureau.
The last word on teasel.
I'll explain how that happened and about the silver teasel.