A deputation of ladies had, meanwhile, presented the Duchess with a table-gong made of pompom shells mounted on a rhinoceros horn.
They often fired their pompom at a range of about 5000 yards at the vultures feeding on the dead horses under Devon Post.
A pompom was included in the armament of the position, which measured about eighty yards by forty yards only.
Towards evening the voice of the pompom was heard in the land; but he bagged nothing—never does.
The Turks directed a perfect tornado of rifle, Maxim, and pompom fire on 200 men who made a dash down the gangway.
Boers began attack at daybreak with two or three guns and a pompom, shelling the position hard.
As the extended lines of the infantry moved through the town they were greeted by pompom fire, which, however, did no damage.
In the afternoon one of our guns on Cæsar's Camp smashed a pompom.
This pompom was bravely served by one man, the remainder of the gun team having been either killed or wounded.
"ornamental round tuft" (originally on a hat, etc.), 1748, alteration of pompon "ornamental tuft; tuft-like flower head," from French pompon (1725), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old French pompe "pomp."