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pompom1

[pom-pom] /ˈpɒmˌpɒm/
noun
1.
an automatic antiaircraft cannon.
Also, pom-pom.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; imitative

pompom2

[pom-pom] /ˈpɒmˌpɒm/
noun
1.
Also, pompon. an ornamental tuft or ball of feathers, wool, or the like, used on hats, slippers, etc.
2.
pompon (def 3).
Also, pom-pom.
Origin
1740-50; variant of pompon, with assimilation of final n
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  • For somebody's biggie gift, consider trying your hand at a fluffy pompom bow.
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  • Glue the googly eyes to the top pompom on your butterfly.
  • It is more likely that a purple pompom will be pulled from the bag.
  • Apparently they were pompom shells but an examination proved that they were composed of wood.
British Dictionary definitions for pompom

pompom

/ˈpɒmpɒm/
noun
1.
a ball of tufted silk, wool, feathers, etc, worn on a hat for decoration
2.
  1. the small globelike flower head of certain cultivated varieties of dahlia and chrysanthemum
  2. (as modifier): pompom dahlia
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Old French pompe knot of ribbons, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for pompom
n.

"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."

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