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pompom

1

or pom-pom

[pom-pom]
noun
  1. an automatic antiaircraft cannon.
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Origin of pompom

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; imitative

pompom

2

or pom-pom

[pom-pom]
noun
  1. Also pompon. an ornamental tuft or ball of feathers, wool, or the like, used on hats, slippers, etc.
  2. pompon(def 3).
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Origin of pompom

2
1740–50; variant of pompon, with assimilation of final n
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pom-pom

noun
  1. an automatic rapid-firing, small-calibre cannon, esp a type of anti-aircraft cannon used in World War IIAlso called: pompom
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Word Origin for pom-pom

C19: of imitative origin

pompom

pompon

noun
  1. a ball of tufted silk, wool, feathers, etc, worn on a hat for decoration
    1. the small globelike flower head of certain cultivated varieties of dahlia and chrysanthemum
    2. (as modifier)pompom dahlia
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Word Origin for pompom

C18: from French, from Old French pompe knot of ribbons, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for pom-pom

n.

"Maxim automatic gun," 1899, of imitative origin, soldiers' slang from the Boer War. For the ornamental tuft, see pompom.

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pompom

n.

"ornamental round tuft" (originally on a hat, etc.), 1748, alteration of pompon "ornamental tuft; tuft-like flower head," from French pompon (1725), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old French pompe "pomp."

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