[tuhs-uh k]


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
Related formstus·socked, adjective
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a dense tuft of vegetation, esp of grass
Australian and NZ
  1. short for tussock grass
  2. the tussockcountry where tussock grass grows
Derived Formstussocky, adjective

Word Origin for tussock

C16: perhaps related to tusk
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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.

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