I. noun Etymology: Middle English, modification of Middle French touffe, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German zopf tip — more at top Date: 14th century 1. a. a small cluster of elongated flexible outgrowths attached or close together at the base and free at the opposite ends; especially a growing bunch of grasses or close-set plants b. a bunch of soft fluffy threads cut off short and used as ornament 2. clump, cluster 3. mound 4. any of the projections of yarns drawn through a fabric or making up a fabric so as to produce a surface of raised loops or cut pile • tufted adjectivetufty adjective II. verb Date: 1535 transitive verb 1. a. to provide or adorn with a tuft b. to make (a fabric) of or with tufts 2. to make (as a mattress) firm by stitching at intervals and sewing on tufts intransitive verb to form into or grow in tufts • tufter noun

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  • Tuft — Tuft, v. i. To grow in, or form, a tuft or tufts. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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