Main definitions of tassel in English

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tassel1

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’
    • ‘Their traditional loincloths are sometimes decorated with bright tassels and pompoms.’
    • ‘He was garbed in a thick robe of blood red, trimmed with a golden thread and tassels.’
    • ‘Some loincloths were painted and decorated with tassels, which symbolized falling rain.’
    • ‘On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, they will learn specialist Japanese braid, cord and tassel making, under Waldman's trained instruction.’
    • ‘She rode her bike closer to him, clutching the white handles with the decorative purple and pink tassels hanging from it.’
    • ‘Each panel is embroidered before assembling the skirt and decorative welting, cord and tassels are added for just the perfect finishing touch.’
    • ‘My gown had three velvet stripes on each flowing sleeve and my tassel was gold.’
    • ‘Wrap tassel drapery cords around the pillow and tie them to the chair.’
    • ‘Avoid strangulation with window-blind cords by installing breakaway tassels.’
    • ‘Accessorize with tassels, decorative tie-backs and other touches.’
    • ‘She wore a bright red dress that fell to her knees in length, with black petticoats adorned with gold colored tassels.’
    • ‘Also, the rails carried black cords with black tassels hanging down, giving a sombre effect to the wooden coffin clamped to the trolley platform.’
    • ‘So he got back in touch with Margaret who quickly rustled up two pairs, one with black and gold satin stripes, the other covered in sequins complete with gold tassels.’
    • ‘It had curtains of velvety maroon, which were tied back with gold tassels.’
    • ‘The flag hung from a gold-painted dowel and was adorned with gold tassels.’
    • ‘Or see your local retailer for advice on replacing the existing cords with safety tassels.’
    • ‘A fascinating mix of braids, tassels, chenilles and decorative trimmings in delicate silken yarn complements the entire package.’
    • ‘Painted dragons hold up these canvasses, just as the carved silvered and tinted flying dragons support the blue silk satin window draperies, fringed with gold tassels.’
    • ‘They had tassels of gold strung on their painted horns.’
    • ‘The New Testament records that observant Judeans wore decorations called tassels on their garments.’
    comb, plume, tuft, topknot, mane
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    1. 1.1 The 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’
      • ‘He peeled back a tassel, exposing irregular kernels.’
      • ‘Crucial to fully comprehending the scene are the blades of pale green grass with their flowering pale yellow tassels.’
      • ‘Anthers from developing tassels were staged with the acetocarmine squash technique.’
      • ‘Pollination used both stored pollen and fresh pollen collected at the time of pollination from the plants whose tassels had remained attached.’
      • ‘The male flowers are on the tassels at the top of the plant; the female flowers form the silk that hangs out of the developing ears.’
      • ‘Older hybrids had large tassels producing pollen up to two weeks.’
      • ‘Everyone loves the drooping fragrant lilac tassels of Wisteria, but it is not a plant for a small garden, particularly as your neighbour may not relish a Wisteria invasion.’
      • ‘In the maize tassel, gibberellin concentration is 100-fold lower than in the developing ears.’
      • ‘Others bear odd-shaped ears, such as one that looks like an onion bulb or another that is branched, with a tassel resembling a Christmas tree.’
      • ‘Bacterial stalk rot can affect the plant at any node from the soil surface up to the ear leaves and tassels.’
      • ‘We move on to the cornfield and possible ways the leaves, corn and tassels might be rendered.’
      • ‘During pollination the female portion of the plant receives pollen from the tassel, resulting in fertilization of the ovule (kernel).’
      • ‘Symptoms occur on all plant tissues, including leaves, tassels, ears, and less commonly on stalks.’
      • ‘Fresh pollen was collected from anthers on plants by gently tapping the stems of plants while holding a collecting tray below the tassels.’
      • ‘Their evidence that it represents a new species is based on differences in ecology and tassel and plant morphology.’
      • ‘Florets were removed from the middle third of the main rachis on fully emerged tassels prior to anther exsertion.’
      • ‘Depending on plant growth stage, these tiny cutworms may proceed to the unfolding whorl where they feed on parts of the emerging tassel, or move directly to the ear or leaf axil.’
      • ‘Also counted was the number of tassel branches of each plant, including the main spike.’
      • ‘The fields of tall corn she drives through are beautiful, gentle waves of green, wind-tossed tassels of gold.’
      • ‘Flames rush through patches of cane, burning off extraneous tassels and blades, leaving only the sucrose-rich stalks.’

verb

  • 1usually as adjective tasselledwith object Provide with a tassel or tassels.

    ‘tasselled curtains’
    • ‘Soon we were above ground in a silvery twelve-seater custom van, my seatmate fiddling with a loaded ashtray, fine gray dust sprinkling his shiny black tasseled loafers.’
    • ‘He often incorporated sofa-lined niches or low-lying daybeds abundantly piled with tasseled cushions.’
    • ‘The focus of the voyeuristic mirror's gaze are two plump, tasselled purple cushions which are probably intended to serve as pillows.’
    • ‘The man, tall and broad and dressed in a sweater and tasseled loafers, wraps his left arm around the woman's back.’
    • ‘For the most drama, try using deep eggplant in a single piece of furniture, such as a sofa or perhaps a trio of tasseled pillows.’
    • ‘Anne came into Katherine's chamber a little later, dressed and carrying a small tasseled handbag in her black gloved hands.’
    • ‘Fifty years on, one sniff of cigar smoke has me remembering Nick the Greek profaning in his strange accent at a bad hand of cards, gramps' bald head wrinkling as he laughed, and the red tasselled table cloth they dealt their hands on.’
    • ‘I reached for the yellow tasseled pillow that was placed on the couch, wanting to beat Sophie with it a million times over.’
    • ‘Her bangs - fringe, British people called it, though the word put David in mind of some tasseled edge of a rug - ended just above her eyebrows.’
    • ‘Nicki Pumpkin's collection of upbeat streetwear has a distinct rock chick feel, with plenty of stud details, zips, shocking pink and tasselled PVC.’
    • ‘I walked over towards the windows and started to unravel the gold tasseled ropes so that the curtain would prevent any light from shining through.’
    • ‘Tony had brought in a low table, and rich, velvety, tasseled cushions.’
    • ‘Accessorise the look with long tasselled shoulder bags in patch-work leather and butter soft suede boots.’
    • ‘She gathered her tasseled silk shawl around her and hurried to the sofas by the roaring fire.’
    • ‘The men wore loose tunics and breeches, both in lovely colours, and wide tasselled sashes and embroidered vests.’
    • ‘I repeat, this is not a man who should be describing others as wearing pink tasseled slippers and conical hats covered in polka dots.’
    • ‘Zouave dress of short, embroidered jacket, baggy trousers and tasselled cap was copied by regiments on both sides in the American civil war.’
    • ‘He does not, under any circumstances, wear tasseled loafers.’
    • ‘Florence's instrument looks to be covered with a tasseled cloth.’
    • ‘When we met, I did not recognise my book - it was tasselled with yellow stickers, highlighted and marked on every page.’
    trim, hem, edge, border, rim, bind, braid
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  • 2North American no object (of maize or other plants) form tassels.

    ‘I note that two plantings of maize are tasselling at the same time’
    • ‘Corn is tasselling and although it is hot, the high humidity should prevent problems with pollination.’
    • ‘The high temperatures came right during the critical corn tasseling and silking stage.’
    • ‘Pollen begins to be shed two days after tasseling and continues for five to eight days.’
    • ‘Application of nitrogen after tasselling is rarely effective and should be avoided.’
    • ‘Survey fields for damage from leaf blight disease at tasseling.’
    • ‘If supplies are limited, you may want to delay water application until the crop begins to tassel.’
    • ‘Current UNL chlorophyll meter recommendations for corn before tasseling are to apply more nitrogen if the leaf reading is less than 95 percent of the well fertilized nitrogen strip.’
    • ‘The second phase of Stewart's Wilt occurs after tasseling.’
    • ‘If an insecticide treatment is warranted in corn fields, it should be made when 95% of the plants in a field have tasseled.’
    • ‘Lesions generally first appear near tasseling and disease spread occurs until maturity.’
    • ‘Also, studies have shown that water stress early in corn has much less of an impact on yield than water stress during tasseling.’
    • ‘And now as August draws to a close, many of us are wondering whether there will be enough warm days left to mature the corn that is just barely tasseling.’
    • ‘The maize in her two lima plot is already in its tasseling stage and according to her, green maize should be ready between late January and early February.’
    • ‘However, last year corn leaf aphids remained abundant in some field after tasseling, and the feeding appeared to cause death of the tissues fed upon.’
    • ‘The second phase of Stewart's wilt of corn occurs after tasseling and may be observed within the next three to four weeks.’
    • ‘Treat this soybean R3 - R4 stage with the same importance you would treat your corn tasseling and silking periods.’
    • ‘Plant height and leaf numbers of maize plants were measured at the tasselling stage.’
    • ‘Corn began to tassel across much of the state this week just as the record-breaking heat wave gave in to several days of ‘brisk’ summer temperatures in the 80s.’
    • ‘Corn tasseling started last week in many fields.’
    • ‘Most dryland corn will tassel when plants are 3-4 feet tall.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

tassel

/ˈtas(ə)l/

Main definitions of tassel in English

: tassel1tassel2

tassel2

(also torsel)

noun

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

    • ‘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’.

Pronunciation

tassel

/ˈtas(ə)l/