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A clump or tuft, as of growing grass.

[Origin unknown.]

tus′sock·y adj.


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


(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.


 a tuft; a small cluster.
Examples: tussock of long grass, 1607; of hair, 1550; of leaves, 1783; of thorns, 1681; of twigs.
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)


[ˈtʌsək] Nmata f (de hierba)


[ˈtʌsək] ntouffe f de hautes herbes


n(Gras)büschel nt


[ˈtʌsək] nciuffo d'erba
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.
nigra tussocks were individually marked on an island in the Skeppsvik archipelago (63 [degrees] 44-48[minutes] N, 20 [degrees] 31-33[minutes] E) outside Umea, northern Sweden (for a general description of this area, see Ericson 1981).
Stipa-covered areas showed open patches between the paint tussocks.
Between the tussocks are puddles that, depending on the season, are either icy slush or mosquito incubators.
Similarly, in this experiment, after the 70% of defoliation there was a higher incidence of light in the tussocks, which caused an increase in BTPD.
The purple moor grass grows in dense tussocks and prevents everything else from growing and we have cut it back to encourage a diversity of plants.