- a tuft or clump of growing grass or the like.
Origin of tussock
1540–50; apparently akin to Middle High German zūsach thicket, derivative of zūse lock (of hair), brushwood. See -ock
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Examples from the Web for tussock
It is built upon a tussock; and a tussock—did you ever try to pull up a tussock?The Fall of the Year
Dallas Lore Sharp
It was placed high and dry on a tussock in a flaming patch of hawkweed.In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
They were sitting close to each other on a tussock behind their little tent.When Egypt Went Broke
It flies amongst the tussock grass in a weak and aimless manner.
The larva of this insect feeds on the tussock grass (Poa australis).
- a dense tuft of vegetation, esp of grass
- Australian and NZ
- short for tussock grass
- the tussockcountry where tussock grass grows
C16: perhaps related to tusk
Word Origin and History for tussock
1540s, "tuft of hair," of uncertain origin; cf. earlier tusk (1520s) with the same meaning (and also of obscure origin). Meaning "tuft of grass" is first recorded c.1600.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper