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1. A short cluster of elongated strands, as of yarn, hair, or grass, attached at the base or growing close together.
2. A dense clump, especially of trees or bushes.
v. tuft·ed, tuft·ing, tufts
1. To furnish or ornament with tufts or a tuft.
2. To pass threads through the layers of (a quilt, mattress, or upholstery), securing the thread ends with a knot or button.
1. To separate or form into tufts.
2. To grow in a tuft.

[Middle English, probably alteration of Old French tofe, from Late Latin tufa, helmet crest, or of Germanic origin.]

tuft′er n.
tuft′y adj.
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