Search Result for "dipsacus fullonum":
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. teasel with lilac flowers native to Old World but naturalized in North America; dried flower heads used to raise a nap on woolen cloth;
[syn: common teasel, Dipsacus fullonum]

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3 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fuller \Full"er\, n. [AS. fullere, fr. L. fullo. See Full, v. t.] One whose occupation is to full cloth. [1913 Webster] Fuller's earth, a variety of clay, used in scouring and cleansing cloth, to imbibe grease. Fuller's herb (Bot.), the soapwort (Saponaria officinalis), formerly used to remove stains from cloth. Fuller's thistle or Fuller's weed (Bot.), the teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) whose burs are used by fullers in dressing cloth. See Teasel. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Teasel \Tea"sel\, n. [OE. tesel, AS. t[=ae]sel, t[=ae]sl, the fuller's herb. See Tease.] [Written also tassel, tazel, teasle, teazel, and teazle.] 1. (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. [1913 Webster] Note: Small teasel is Dipsacus pilosus, wild teasel is Dipsacus sylvestris. [1913 Webster] 2. A bur of this plant. [1913 Webster] 3. Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in dressing cloth. [1913 Webster] Teasel frame, a frame or set of iron bars in which teasel heads are fixed for raising the nap on woolen cloth. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

Dipsacus fullonum n 1: teasel with lilac flowers native to Old World but naturalized in North America; dried flower heads used to raise a nap on woolen cloth [syn: common teasel, Dipsacus fullonum]