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hassock

[has-uh k] /ˈhæs ək/
noun
1.
a thick, firm cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling.
2.
ottoman (def 6).
3.
a rank tuft of coarse grass or sedge, as in a bog.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hassuc coarse grass
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British Dictionary definitions for hassock

hassock

/ˈhæsək/
noun
1.
a firm upholstered cushion used for kneeling on, esp in church
2.
a thick clump of grass
Word Origin
Old English hassuc matted grass
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Word Origin and History for hassock
n.

Old English hassuc "clump of grass, coarse grass," of unknown origin. Sense of "thick cushion" is first recorded 1510s, with the likely connection being the perceived similarity of a kneeling cushion and a tuft of grass.

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