from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clump or tuft, as of growing grass.
  • n. A tuft of hair or feathers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tuft or clump of green grass or similar verdure, forming a small hillock.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge.
  • n. Same as Tussock grass, below.
  • n. A caterpillar of any one of numerous species of bombycid moths. The body of these caterpillars is covered with hairs which form long tufts or brushes. Some species are very injurious to shade and fruit trees. Called also tussock caterpillar. See Orgyia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A clump, tuft, or small hillock of growing grass.
  • n. Same as tuft, 1.
  • n. A tussock-moth, as of the genus Orgyia (which see); a vaporer: so called from the tufted larvæ.
  • n. Same as tussock-grass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. Possibly related to tusk, or Scottish Gaelic dosag ("little tuft"). (Wiktionary)



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