And in her right hand was a clump of hair that did not belong to her.
The drain clogs in the shower every few days, and the clump of tangled brown hair is springy between my fingers.
Only one thing was different: a clump of her hair had been cut from her head.
1580s, "lump; cluster of trees," from Middle English clompe "a lump" (c.1300), from Dutch klomp "lump, mass," or Middle Low German klumpe "clog, wooden shoe." Old English had clympre "lump, mass of metal."
"to heap or gather in clumps" (transitive), 1824, from clump (n.). Related: Clumped; clumping. Intransitive sense "to form a clump or clumps" is recorded from 1896.
"walk heavily," 1660s, imitative. Related: Clumped; clumping.