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 for tassel flower
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
     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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tassel flower
      n 1: tropical Asiatic annual cultivated for its small tassel-
           shaped heads of scarlet flowers [syn: tassel flower,
           Emilia sagitta]
      2: tropical African annual having scarlet tassel-shaped flower
         heads; sometimes placed in genus Cacalia [syn: tassel
         flower, Emilia coccinea, Emilia javanica, Emilia
         flammea, Cacalia javanica, Cacalia lutea]
      3: young leaves widely used as leaf vegetables; seeds used as
         cereal [syn: love-lies-bleeding, velvet flower, tassel
         flower, Amaranthus caudatus]

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