clump

[ kluhmp ]
/ klʌmp /
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noun

verb (used without object)

Also clomp. to walk heavily and clumsily.
Immunology. to gather or be gathered into clumps; agglutinate.

verb (used with object)

to gather or form into a clump; mass.

Origin of clump

1580–90; akin to Dutch klompe lump, mass, Old English clympre lump of metal
Related formsclump·y, clump·ish, clump·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for clumpy

  • The lips and cheeks bristled with that kind of hard, clumpy beard which old priests have who have always shaved themselves.

    L-bas|J. K. Huysmans
  • Their clumpy heads blend ill with the spiry tops of the juniors.

    Woodland Gleanings|Charles Tilt
  • This causes it to be clumpy — that is, not straight like most wild roots.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants|A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

British Dictionary definitions for clumpy

clump

/ (klʌmp) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsclumpy, adjectiveclumpiness, noun

Word Origin for clump

Old English clympe; related to Middle Dutch klampe heap of hay, Middle Low German klampe clamp ², Swedish klimp small lump
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