(n.) A plant of the genus Dipsacus, of which one species (D. 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.
(n.) A bur of this plant.
(n.) Any contrivance intended as a substitute for teasels in dressing cloth.
(v. t.) To subject, as woolen cloth, to the action of teasels, or any substitute for them which has an effect to raise a nap.
(a.) Showy to excess; gaudy; specious; superficial.
(n.) A shining material used for ornamental purposes; especially, a very thin, gauzelike cloth with much gold or silver woven into it; also, very thin metal overlaid with a thin coating of gold or silver, brass foil, or the like.
(n.) Something shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more gay than valuable.
(v. t.) To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy.