a tuft or clump of growing grass or the like.

1540–50; apparently akin to Middle High German zūsach thicket, derivative of zūse lock (of hair), brushwood. See -ock

tussocked, adjective
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tussock (ˈtʌsək)
1.  a dense tuft of vegetation, esp of grass
2.  (Austral), (NZ)
 a.  short for tussock grass
 b.  the tussock country where tussock grass grows
[C16: perhaps related to tusk]

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Word Origin & History

1550, "tuft of hair," of uncertain origin; cf. earlier tusk (1530) with the same meaning (and also of obscure origin). Meaning "tuft of grass" is first recorded 1607.
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Example sentences
We hump duffels and gear up a steep snowbank to an outcrop of broken shale and tussock.
Whether balancing atop a wobbly tussock or sinking knee deep between them, bird-watching is difficult in this bumpy environment.
Tussock sedge may be present in small amounts but does not form dense tussocks.
Tussock sedge habitat presents a challenging landscape to birders.
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