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’
    • ‘He was garbed in a thick robe of blood red, trimmed with a golden thread and 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.’
    • ‘Or see your local retailer for advice on replacing the existing cords with safety tassels.’
    • ‘Accessorize with tassels, decorative tie-backs and other touches.’
    • ‘Wrap tassel drapery cords around the pillow and tie them to the chair.’
    • ‘Their traditional loincloths are sometimes decorated with bright tassels and pompoms.’
    • ‘Some loincloths were painted and decorated with tassels, which symbolized falling rain.’
    • ‘She wore a bright red dress that fell to her knees in length, with black petticoats adorned with gold colored tassels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A fascinating mix of braids, tassels, chenilles and decorative trimmings in delicate silken yarn complements the entire package.’
    • ‘They had tassels of gold strung on their painted horns.’
    • ‘The flag hung from a gold-painted dowel and was adorned with gold tassels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My gown had three velvet stripes on each flowing sleeve and my tassel was gold.’
    • ‘The New Testament records that observant Judeans wore decorations called tassels on their garments.’
    • ‘She rode her bike closer to him, clutching the white handles with the decorative purple and pink tassels hanging from it.’
    • ‘It had curtains of velvety maroon, which were tied back with gold tassels.’
    • ‘Each panel is embroidered before assembling the skirt and decorative welting, cord and tassels are added for just the perfect finishing touch.’
    • ‘On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, they will learn specialist Japanese braid, cord and tassel making, under Waldman's trained instruction.’
    • ‘Avoid strangulation with window-blind cords by installing breakaway tassels.’
    comb, plume, tuft, topknot, mane
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    1. 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’
      • ‘Florets were removed from the middle third of the main rachis on fully emerged tassels prior to anther exsertion.’
      • ‘Crucial to fully comprehending the scene are the blades of pale green grass with their flowering pale yellow tassels.’
      • ‘Flames rush through patches of cane, burning off extraneous tassels and blades, leaving only the sucrose-rich stalks.’
      • ‘Bacterial stalk rot can affect the plant at any node from the soil surface up to the ear leaves and tassels.’
      • ‘Anthers from developing tassels were staged with the acetocarmine squash technique.’
      • ‘In the maize tassel, gibberellin concentration is 100-fold lower than in the developing ears.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their evidence that it represents a new species is based on differences in ecology and tassel and plant morphology.’
      • ‘We move on to the cornfield and possible ways the leaves, corn and tassels might be rendered.’
      • ‘Fresh pollen was collected from anthers on plants by gently tapping the stems of plants while holding a collecting tray below the tassels.’
      • ‘Symptoms occur on all plant tissues, including leaves, tassels, ears, and less commonly on stalks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He peeled back a tassel, exposing irregular kernels.’
      • ‘During pollination the female portion of the plant receives pollen from the tassel, resulting in fertilization of the ovule (kernel).’
      • ‘The fields of tall corn she drives through are beautiful, gentle waves of green, wind-tossed tassels of gold.’

verb

  • 1[with object] Provide with a tassel or tassels.

    ‘tasselled curtains’
    • ‘Anne came into Katherine's chamber a little later, dressed and carrying a small tasseled handbag in her black gloved hands.’
    • ‘Nicki Pumpkin's collection of upbeat streetwear has a distinct rock chick feel, with plenty of stud details, zips, shocking pink and tasselled PVC.’
    • ‘When we met, I did not recognise my book - it was tasselled with yellow stickers, highlighted and marked on every page.’
    • ‘She gathered her tasseled silk shawl around her and hurried to the sofas by the roaring fire.’
    • ‘He often incorporated sofa-lined niches or low-lying daybeds abundantly piled with tasseled cushions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Accessorise the look with long tasselled shoulder bags in patch-work leather and butter soft suede boots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He does not, under any circumstances, wear tasseled loafers.’
    • ‘The focus of the voyeuristic mirror's gaze are two plump, tasselled purple cushions which are probably intended to serve as pillows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tony had brought in a low table, and rich, velvety, tasseled cushions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Florence's instrument looks to be covered with a tasseled cloth.’
    • ‘Zouave dress of short, embroidered jacket, baggy trousers and tasselled cap was copied by regiments on both sides in the American civil war.’
    • ‘I repeat, this is not a man who should be describing others as wearing pink tasseled slippers and conical hats covered in polka dots.’
    • ‘The men wore loose tunics and breeches, both in lovely colours, and wide tasselled sashes and embroidered vests.’
    • ‘The man, tall and broad and dressed in a sweater and tasseled loafers, wraps his left arm around the woman's back.’
  • 2North American [no object] (of maize or other plants) form tassels.

    ‘I note that two plantings of maize are tasselling at the same time’
    • ‘Plant height and leaf numbers of maize plants were measured at the tasselling stage.’
    • ‘Most dryland corn will tassel when plants are 3-4 feet tall.’
    • ‘If supplies are limited, you may want to delay water application until the crop begins to tassel.’
    • ‘Application of nitrogen after tasselling is rarely effective and should be avoided.’
    • ‘Corn tasseling started last week in many fields.’
    • ‘If an insecticide treatment is warranted in corn fields, it should be made when 95% of the plants in a field have tasseled.’
    • ‘Treat this soybean R3 - R4 stage with the same importance you would treat your corn tasseling and silking periods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lesions generally first appear near tasseling and disease spread occurs until maturity.’
    • ‘Survey fields for damage from leaf blight disease at tasseling.’
    • ‘Also, studies have shown that water stress early in corn has much less of an impact on yield than water stress during tasseling.’
    • ‘The high temperatures came right during the critical corn tasseling and silking stage.’
    • ‘The second phase of Stewart's Wilt occurs after tasseling.’
    • ‘Corn is tasselling and although it is hot, the high humidity should prevent problems with pollination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pollen begins to be shed two days after tasseling and continues for five to eight days.’

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

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tassel2

(also torsel)

noun

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

    torsel
    • ‘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/