pompon

[pom-pon]
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:
1740–50; < French; repetitive formation, apparently based on pompe pomp

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

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She was a member of the pompon squad and yearbook committee.
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