Tasmanian cider tree. (Bot.) See the Note under Eucalyptus. Tasmanian devil. (Zoöl.) See
under Devil. Tasmanian wolf (Zoöl.), a savage carnivorous marsupial; called also zebra wolf.
See Zebra wolf, under Wolf.
(Tas*ma"ni*an) a. Of or pertaining to Tasmania, or Van Diemen's Land. n. A native
or inhabitant of Tasmania; specifically (Ethnol.), in the plural, the race of men that formerly inhabited
Tasmania, but is now extinct.
(Tasse) n. [OF. tassette.] A piece of armor for the thighs, forming an appendage to the ancient
Usually the tasse was a plate of iron swinging from the cuirass, but the skirts of sliding splints were
also called by this name.
(Tas"sel) n. (Falconry) A male hawk. See Tercel.
(Tas"sel), n. [See Teasel.] A kind of bur used in dressing cloth; a teasel.
(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 bone.]
1. A pendent ornament, attached to the corners of cushions, to curtains, and the like, ending in a tuft of
loose threads or cords.
2. The flower or head of some plants, esp. when pendent.
And the maize field grew and ripened, Till it stood in all the splendorLongfellow.
Of its garments green and yellow,
its tassels and its plumage.
3. A narrow silk ribbon, or the like, sewed to a book to be put between the leaves.
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.
Tassel flower (Bot.), a name of several composite plants of the genus Cineraria, especially the C.
sconchifolia, and of the blossoms which they bear.
(Tas"sel), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tasseled or Tasselled; p. pr. & vb. n. Tasseling or Tasselling.]
To put forth a tassel or flower; as, maize tassels.
(Tas"sel), v. t. To adorn with tassels. Chaucer.
(Tas"set) n. [See Tasse.] A defense for the front of the thigh, consisting of one or more iron
plates hanging from the belt on the lower edge of the corselet.
(Tast"a*ble) a. Capable of worthy of being tasted; savory; relishing.
(Taste) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tasting.] [OE. tasten to feel, to taste, OF.
taster, F. tater to feel, to try by the touch, to try, to taste, (assumed) LL. taxitare, fr. L. taxare to touch
sharply, to estimate. See Tax, v. t.]
1. To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow. [Obs.] Chapman.
Taste it well and stone thou shalt it find.Chaucer.