tussock
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1607 a compact tuft especially of grass or sedge; also an area of raised solid ground in a marsh or bog that is bound together by roots of low vegetation • tussocky adjective

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  • Tussock — may refer to: Plants and ecology *Bunch grass *New Zealand tussock grasslands *Serrated Tussock ( Nassella trichotoma ) *Tussock (grass) *Tussock grassland *Tussock Grassland (Tanzania) Insects *Rusty Tussock Moth ( Orgyia antiqua ) *Western… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — [tysɔk] n. m. ÉTYM. 1874, J. Verne, écrit tussac; angl. tussock, 1550; orig. obscure comme tusk « touffe ». ❖ ♦ Anglic., rare. Motte ou surface de terre résistante, formée par des racines végétales, dans un terrain marécageux. Graminée fréquente… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • tussock — ► NOUN ▪ a dense clump or tuft of grass. DERIVATIVES tussocky adjective. ORIGIN perhaps from dialect tusk «tuft», of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • tussock — [tus′ək] n. [< ?] a thick tuft or clump of grass, sedge, twigs, etc. tussocky [tus′əkē] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Tussock — Tussack Prairie de Tussack, Nassella Le tussack (appelée stipe parfois) est un surnom donné aux touffes d herbes poussant en prairies humides dans les régions tempérées. Ce nom regroupe plusieurs espèces appartenant aux familles des graminées des …   Wikipédia en Français

  • tussock — UK [ˈtʌsək] / US noun [countable] Word forms tussock : singular tussock plural tussocks a small area of stiff grass that is higher than the grass around it …   English dictionary

  • tussock — /ˈtʌsək / (say tusuhk) noun 1. a tuft or clump of growing grass or the like. 2. Also, tussock grass. any of various grasses of the genus Poa. 3. any of a number of grass or sedge species as serrated tussock. {apparently related to Middle High… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tussock — n. 1 a clump of grass etc. 2 (in full tussock moth) any moth of the genus Orgyia etc., with tufted larvae. Phrases and idioms: tussock grass grass growing in tussocks, esp. Poa flabellata from Patagonia etc. Derivatives: tussocky adj. Etymology:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tussock — [[t]tʌ̱sək[/t]] tussocks N COUNT: oft N of n A tussock is a small piece of grass which is much longer and thicker than the grass around it …   English dictionary

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