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pompon

[pom-pon] /ˈpɒm pɒn/
noun
1.
pompom2 (def 1).
2.
the high plume at the front of a shako.
3.
Horticulture. a form of small, globe-shaped flower head that characterizes a class or type of various flowering plants, especially chrysanthemums and dahlias.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; < French; repetitive formation, apparently based on pompe pomp
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  • She was a member of the pompon squad and yearbook committee.
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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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