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 for tassel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tassel \Tas"sel\, n. (Falconry)
     A male hawk. See Tercel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tassel \Tas"sel\, n. [See Teasel.]
     A kind of bur used in dressing cloth; a teasel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tassel \Tas"sel\, n. [OE., a fastening of a mantle, OF. tassel a
     fastening, clasp, F. tasseau a bracket, Fr. L. taxillus a
     little die, dim. of talus a die of a longish shape, rounded
     on two sides and marked only on the other four, a knuckle
     bone.]
     1. A pendent ornament, attached to the corners of cushions,
        to curtains, and the like, ending in a tuft of loose
        threads or cords.
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     2. The flower or head of some plants, esp. when pendent.
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              And the maize field grew and ripened, Till it stood
              in all the splendor
              Of its garments green and yellow,
              Of its tassels and its plumage.       --Longfellow.
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     3. A narrow silk ribbon, or the like, sewed to a book to be
        put between the leaves.
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     4. (Arch.) A piece of board that is laid upon a wall as a
        sort of plate, to give a level surface to the ends of
        floor timbers; -- rarely used in the United States.
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     Tassel flower (Bot.), a name of several composite plants of
        the genus Cineraria, especially the Cineraria
        sconchifolia, and of the blossoms which they bear.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tassel \Tas"sel\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tasseledor Tasselled;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Tasseling or Tasselling.]
     To put forth a tassel or flower; as, maize tassels.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tassel \Tas"sel\, v. t.
     To adorn with tassels. --Chaucer.
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From 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.
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     Note: Small teasel is Dipsacus pilosus, wild teasel is
           Dipsacus sylvestris.
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     2. A bur of this plant.
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     3. Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in
        dressing cloth.
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     Teasel frame, a frame or set of iron bars in which teasel
        heads are fixed for raising the nap on woolen cloth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tercel \Ter"cel\, n.
     See Tiercel. Called also tarsel, tassel. --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tassel
      n 1: adornment consisting of a bunch of cords fastened at one
           end

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