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pom·pom

 (pŏm′pŏm′) or pom·pon (-pŏn′)
n.
1. A fluffy ball of wool or other material used as a decoration, as on a cap.
2. A ball of fluffy material, such as feathers or strips of colored paper, that is waved by cheerleaders and sports fans.
3. A small buttonlike flower of some chrysanthemums and dahlias.

[French.]

pompom

(ˈpɒmpɒm) or

pompon

n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a ball of tufted silk, wool, feathers, etc, worn on a hat for decoration
2. (Plants)
a. the small globelike flower head of certain cultivated varieties of dahlia and chrysanthemum
b. (as modifier): pompom dahlia.
[C18: from French, from Old French pompe knot of ribbons, of uncertain origin]

pom•pom1

or pom-pom

(ˈpɒmˌpɒm)

n.
an automatic, 40-millimeter antiaircraft gun, usu. mounted, esp. on ships, in groups of four.
[1895–1900; imitative]

pom•pom2

or pom-pom

(ˈpɒmˌpɒm)

n.
1. Also, pompon. an ornamental tuft or ball of feathers, wool, or the like, used esp. on clothing or waved at sporting events.
[1740–50; variant of pompon, with assimilation of final n]
Translations

pompom

n
(= gun)automatische Flugzeugabwehrkanone
(on hat etc) → Troddel f, → Bommel f (dial)
References in classic literature ?
Little mounds of yellowish green were away at the right, while on the left waved a group of tall leafy trees bearing yellow blossoms that looked like tassels and pompoms.
They may use any weapons they please, from revolvers and rifles to machine guns and pompoms.
The women turn the fabrics into pompoms that are fashioned into pillows, bustiers and even upholstery.
DIY: Hot-glue pompoms to a wreath form, starting with the largest and varying color and size.
2 Add blobs of glue to the 'string' where the pompom 'bulbs' will be placed, then stick the brightly coloured pompoms to the paper and hold in place until they're secure.
Using the long embroidery floss tails, tie the finished pompoms to your length of T-shirt yarn, spacing them about 6 inches apart.
The adorable pompoms give them a fun, nostalgic look you'll love to wear.
But Cheerobics, billed as a mix of US cheerleading and aerobics only with pompoms, promises to burn up to 700 calories a session, and after a weekend spent gorging on blueberry muffins and chocolate cookies, I certainly needed to do a few star jumps.
That's because, as former curator Helmuth Fuchs noted, "balancing the 6-inch pompoms between the big and second toe, one cannot help but walk with slow straightforward steps, or, as the Guajiro say, 'walk with dignity as a woman should.
She shook her pompoms in Heroes and movie I Love You Beth Cooper.
London, Aug 29 (ANI): It seems Victoria Beckham is turning a cheerleader, for she was recently spotted shopping in Los Angeles for a cheerleader outfit, complete with pompoms.
The method uses long strands of absorbent polypropylene swabs, which look like cheerleaders' pompoms, dragged along bottom sediments.