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A clump or tuft, as of growing grass.

[Origin unknown.]

tus′sock·y adj.
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Once, we cut ourselves an arrow-straight willow rod with Dad's penknife, and we sat on the tussocky grass while he showed me how to peel off a strip of bark scored with the knife in a double spiral down the length of it, to make a decorated walking stick.
The previous day it had been a piece of tussocky land which my kids and their pals used as an adventure playground and for bonfire night revelry.
I wade through tussocky grass well over my knees, each step into an unknown warren of holes as I struggle to the top of one ridge.
Take the footpath through a small, tussocky pasture" Now what's one of those when it's at home?
Reference sites have tussocky tundra dominated by Erio-phorum vaginatum--Ledum decumbens--Betula glandulosa (sheathed cottongrass--northern Labrador tea--dwarf birch) vegetation (<30 cm tall) (Fig.
Stoloniferous grasses had lower runoff and soil movement than pastures dominated by tussocky perennial grass, when compared at the same level of cover (Scanlan et al.
Winter grazing his 120 ewes, mostly Welsh mules, helps thje process by producing short tussocky swards.
The springy little creatures do exuberant very well, all gambol and game, tumbling over tussocky grass and chasing each other.
Small rodents include the grey-brown short-tailed field vole (Microtus agrestus), which you can find in long tussocky grass, and the bank vole (Myodes glareolus), which is brown with a broad chestnut stripe along the back.