- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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.When Egypt Went Broke
The larva of this insect feeds on the tussock grass (Poa australis).
The pupa is suspended by the tail to an upright blade of the tussock.
- a dense tuft of vegetation, esp of grass
- Australian and NZ
- short for tussock grass
- the tussockcountry where tussock grass grows
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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