tussock caterpillar
Tussock Tus"sock, n. [From {Tuz}.] [Written also {tussuck}.] 1. A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge. [1913 Webster]

Such laying of the hair in tussocks and tufts. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) Same as {Tussock grass}, below. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A caterpillar of any one of numerous species of bombycid moths. The body of these caterpillars is covered with hairs which form long tufts or brushes. Some species are very injurious to shade and fruit trees. Called also {tussock caterpillar}. See {Orgyia}. [1913 Webster]

{Tussock grass}. (Bot.) (a) A tall, strong grass of the genus {Dactylis} ({Dactylis c[ae]spitosa}), valuable for fodder, introduced into Scotland from the Falkland Islands. (b) A tufted grass ({Aira c[ae]spitosa}). (c) Any kind of sedge ({Carex}) which forms dense tufts in a wet meadow or boggy place.

{Tussock moth} (Zo["o]l.), the imago of any tussock caterpillar. They belong to {Orgyia}, {Halecidota}, and allied genera. [1913 Webster]


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  • tussock caterpillar — noun larva of a tussock moth • Hypernyms: ↑caterpillar • Member Holonyms: ↑Lymantriidae, ↑family Lymantriidae * * * noun : a caterpillar that is the larva of a tussock moth, is covered with long tufts or bushes of hair, and includes several which …   Useful english dictionary

  • tussock caterpillar — the larva of a tussock moth. * * * …   Universalium

  • Tussock — Tus sock, n. [From {Tuz}.] [Written also {tussuck}.] 1. A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge. [1913 Webster] Such laying of the hair in tussocks and tufts. Latimer. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tussock grass — Tussock Tus sock, n. [From {Tuz}.] [Written also {tussuck}.] 1. A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge. [1913 Webster] Such laying of the hair in tussocks and tufts. Latimer. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tussock moth — Tussock Tus sock, n. [From {Tuz}.] [Written also {tussuck}.] 1. A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge. [1913 Webster] Such laying of the hair in tussocks and tufts. Latimer. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aira caespitosa — Tussock Tus sock, n. [From {Tuz}.] [Written also {tussuck}.] 1. A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge. [1913 Webster] Such laying of the hair in tussocks and tufts. Latimer. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dactylis caespitosa — Tussock Tus sock, n. [From {Tuz}.] [Written also {tussuck}.] 1. A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge. [1913 Webster] Such laying of the hair in tussocks and tufts. Latimer. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tussuck — Tussock Tus sock, n. [From {Tuz}.] [Written also {tussuck}.] 1. A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge. [1913 Webster] Such laying of the hair in tussocks and tufts. Latimer. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lymantriidae — noun tussock moths • Syn: ↑family Lymantriidae • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod family • Member Holonyms: ↑Lepidoptera, ↑order Lepidoptera • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • family Lymantriidae — noun tussock moths • Syn: ↑Lymantriidae • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod family • Member Holonyms: ↑Lepidoptera, ↑order Lepidoptera • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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