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[tuhs-uh k] /ˈtʌs ək/
a tuft or clump of growing grass or the like.
Origin of tussock
1540-50; apparently akin to Middle High German zūsach thicket, derivative of zūse lock (of hair), brushwood. See -ock
Related forms
tussocked, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tussock
  • We hump duffels and gear up a steep snowbank to an outcrop of broken shale and tussock.
  • tussock sedge may be present in small amounts but does not form dense tussocks.
  • tussock sedge habitat presents a challenging landscape to birders.
  • Whether balancing atop a wobbly tussock or sinking knee deep between them, bird-watching is difficult in this bumpy environment.
British Dictionary definitions for tussock


a dense tuft of vegetation, esp of grass
(Austral & NZ)
  1. short for tussock grass
  2. the tussock, country where tussock grass grows
Derived Forms
tussocky, adjective
Word Origin
C16: perhaps related to tusk
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Word Origin and History for tussock

1540s, "tuft of hair," of uncertain origin; cf. earlier tusk (1520s) with the same meaning (and also of obscure origin). Meaning "tuft of grass" is first recorded c.1600.

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