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A clump or tuft, as of growing grass.

[Origin unknown.]

tus′sock·y adj.
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1. (Botany) a dense tuft of vegetation, esp of grass
2. (Plants)
a. short for tussock grass
b. the tussock country where tussock grass grows
[C16: perhaps related to tusk]
ˈtussocky adj
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(ˈtʌs ək)

a tuft or clump of growing grass or the like.
[1540–50; appar. akin to Middle High German zūsach thicket, derivative of zūse lock (of hair), brushwood. See -ock]
tus′socked, adj.
tus•sock•y, adj.
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 a tuft; a small cluster.
Examples: tussock of long grass, 1607; of hair, 1550; of leaves, 1783; of thorns, 1681; of twigs.
Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tussock - a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grasstussock - a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass
bunch, clump, cluster, clustering - a grouping of a number of similar things; "a bunch of trees"; "a cluster of admirers"
wisp - a small tuft or lock; "wisps of hair"
hexenbesen, staghead, witch broom, witches' broom - an abnormal tufted growth of small branches on a tree or shrub caused by fungi or insects or other physiological disturbance
coma - (botany) a usually terminal tuft of bracts (as in the pineapple) or tuft of hairs (especially on certain seeds)
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[ˈtʌsək] Nmata f (de hierba)
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[ˈtʌsək] ntouffe f de hautes herbes
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n(Gras)büschel nt
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[ˈtʌsək] nciuffo d'erba
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References in classic literature ?
When crawling, it may be said on four legs through the tussocks or on the side of a grassy cliff, it move so very quickly that it might easily be mistaken for a quadruped.
An Indian grazing ground is all rocks and scrub and tussocks and little ravines, among which the herds scatter and disappear.
Mowgli's wanderings had taken him to the edge of the high grassy downs of the Dekkan, and he had seen the fearless dholes sleeping and playing and scratching themselves in the little hollows and tussocks that they use for lairs.
As he went along, then, occupied with these thoughts, he perceived on the summit of a height that rose before their eyes a man who went springing from rock to rock and from tussock to tussock with marvellous agility.
Suddenly from a lumpy tussock of old grass some twenty yards in front of them, with black-tipped ears erect and long hinder limbs throwing it forward, started a hare.
There was no need, however, for him to move, for the twain came swiftly towards them until they were within a spear's length, when the man with the cross sat himself down sullenly upon a tussock of grass by the wayside, while the other stood beside him with his great cudgel still hanging over his head.
I feel like a novice lumbering through a bog in a midst, jumping from one tussock to another in the mere blind effort to move on without knowing where I am going."
In East Anglia, work has gone into restoring the fragile fen habitat, where the orchid - rather than being rooted in the ground - grows perched in clumps of moss that grow on peat or sedge tussocks.
After reaching the summit cairn, the runners then retraced their steps (well, more or less, as route choice was very individual depending on love for knee deep mud or blind tussocks).
Meadow pipit also nest in tussocks of grass, nests and chicks will not have survived a fire like this." Mammals too, like the field vole, will not have survived.
The cat tractors that run the plains to extract oil will permanently damage the permafrost on the coastal plain, and some of the plants that form the soft raised tussocks of the tundra.