- A bunch of loose threads or cords bound at one end and hanging free at the other, used as an ornament on curtains or clothing, for example. (noun)
- Something that resembles such an ornament, especially the pollen-bearing inflorescence of a corn plant. (noun)
- To fringe or decorate with tassels. (verb-transitive)
- To put forth a tassellike inflorescence. Used especially of corn. (verb-intransitive)
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