1. 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.
tr.v. tea·seled, tea·sel·ing, tea·sels or tea·selled or tea·sel·ling
To produce a napped surface on (a fabric).
[Middle English tesel, from Old English tǣsel.]
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