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tassel 1

Syllabification: tas·sel
Pronunciation: /ˈtasəl/

noun

1A tuft of loosely hanging threads, cords, or other material knotted at one end and attached for decoration to home furnishings, clothing, or other items.
Example sentences
  • Each panel is embroidered before assembling the skirt and decorative welting, cord and tassels are added for just the perfect finishing touch.
  • Also, the rails carried black cords with black tassels hanging down, giving a sombre effect to the wooden coffin clamped to the trolley platform.
  • A fascinating mix of braids, tassels, chenilles and decorative trimmings in delicate silken yarn complements the entire package.
1.1The tufted head of some plants, especially a flower head with prominent stamens at the top of a cornstalk.
Example sentences
  • In the maize tassel, gibberellin concentration is 100-fold lower than in the developing ears.
  • Symptoms occur on all plant tissues, including leaves, tassels, ears, and less commonly on stalks.
  • During pollination the female portion of the plant receives pollen from the tassel, resulting in fertilization of the ovule (kernel).

verb (tassels, tasseling, tasseled ; British tassels, tasselling, tasselled)

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1 [with object] (usually as adjective tasseled) Provide with a tassel or tassels: a tasseled tablecloth
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  • The focus of the voyeuristic mirror's gaze are two plump, tasselled purple cushions which are probably intended to serve as pillows.
  • When we met, I did not recognise my book - it was tasselled with yellow stickers, highlighted and marked on every page.
  • Accessorise the look with long tasselled shoulder bags in patch-work leather and butter soft suede boots.
2 [no object] North American (Of corn or other plants) form tassels.
Example sentences
  • Most dryland corn will tassel when plants are 3-4 feet tall.
  • Corn is tasselling and although it is hot, the high humidity should prevent problems with pollination.
  • Treat this soybean R3 - R4 stage with the same importance you would treat your corn tasseling and silking periods.

Origin

Middle English (also denoting a clasp for a cloak): from Old French tassel 'clasp', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with tassel

hassle, Kassel, passel, vassal

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tassel 2 Line breaks: tas¦sel
Pronunciation: /ˈtas(ə)l/

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(also torsel)

noun

A small piece of stone or wood supporting the end of a beam or joist.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from obsolete French, from Latin taxillus 'small die'.

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