[ tuhs-uh k ]
/ ˈtʌs ək /


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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British Dictionary definitions for tussock


/ (ˈtʌsək) /


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