- a tuft or clump of growing grass or the like.
Origin of tussock
Related Words for tussockgroup, 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.When Egypt Went Broke
The larva of this insect feeds on the tussock grass (Poa australis).
It flies amongst the tussock grass in a weak and aimless manner.
- a dense tuft of vegetation, esp of grass
- Australian and NZ
- short for tussock grass
- the tussockcountry where tussock grass grows
Word Origin for tussock
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.