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Definition of Teasel


  1. A plant of the genus Dipsacus, of which one species (D. 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.
  2. A bur of this plant.
  3. Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in dressing cloth.
  4. To subject, as woolen cloth, to the action of teasels, or any substitute for them which has an effect to raise a nap.

Teasel Translations

teasel in German is Karde