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[tuhs-uh k]
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  1. a tuft or clump of growing grass or the like.
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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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Related Words for tussock

group, shock, collection, cluster, knot, bunch, cowlick, topknot, feathers, ruff, plumage, tussock

Examples from the Web for tussock

Historical Examples of 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.

  • The larva of this insect feeds on the tussock grass (Poa australis).

  • It flies amongst the tussock grass in a weak and aimless manner.

British Dictionary definitions for tussock


  1. a dense tuft of vegetation, esp of grass
  2. Australian and NZ
    1. short for tussock grass
    2. the tussockcountry where tussock grass grows
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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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