There are 2 definitions of tassel in English:

tassel1

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

  • 1A tuft of loosely hanging threads or cords knotted at one end and attached for decoration to soft furnishings, clothing, or other items: damask curtains were held by silk cords with gold tassels
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    • 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 maize stalk: the pollen forms on the tassel
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    • 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, tasselling, tasselled; US tassels, tasseling, tasseled)

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  • 1 [with object] (usually as adjective tasselled) Provide with a tassel or tassels: tasselled curtains
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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 maize or other plants) form tassels: I note that two plantings of maize are tasselling at the same time
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    • 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.

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There are 2 definitions of tassel in English:

tassel2

Line breaks: tas¦sel
Pronunciation: /ˈtas(ə)l
 
/
(also torsel)

noun

  • A small piece of stone or wood supporting the end of a beam or joist.
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    • A piece of timber projecting out to carry weight was called a "tassel" or a "bragger."

Origin

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

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