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From Middle English twisel, twisil, from Old English twisel ‎(forked, double), from Old English twisla ‎(confluence, junction), from Proto-Germanic *twisilą ‎(fork, bifurcation), from Proto-Indo-European *dwis- ‎(twice, in two). Cognate with German Zwiesel ‎(fork).


twissel ‎(comparative more twissel, superlative most twissel)

  1. (obsolete) Double; twofold.


twissel ‎(plural twissels)

  1. (rare) A double fruit or a pair of like things growing on a tree.
    • 16thC, George Turberville, The Louer, in 1810, Samuel Johnson (series editor & biographies), Alexander Chalmers (additional biographies), The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper, Volume II, page 599,
      As from a tree we sundrie times espie / A twissell grow by Nature's subtile might / And beeing two, for cause they grow so nie / For one are tane, and so appeare in sight;
  2. (rare) That part of a tree where the branches separate from the trunk or bole; a fork.