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doc Definition of teasel
    English to English
    noun
  • any of several herbs of the genus Dipsacus native to the Old World having flower heads surrounded by spiny bracts
  • source: WordNet 3.0
  • 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.
  • source: Webster 1913
    verb
  • To subject, as woolen cloth, to the action of teasels, or any substitute for them which has an effect to raise a nap.
  • source: Webster 1913
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