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tussock grass

any of various grasses that grow in tuftlike clumps.
Origin of tussock grass
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Inch by inch we dragged her up until we reached the fringe of the tussock-grass and knew that the boat was above high-water mark.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • At all events he followed me into my room, which only boasted of a mattress, stuffed with tussock-grass by the way, on the floor.

    Station Amusements Lady Barker
  • When darkness came on, Harrisson was near The Nuggets, where he passed the night amongst the tussock-grass.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The rise of the tide was about five feet, and at spring tide the water must have reached almost to the edge of the tussock-grass.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • It had forced up a ridge of stones close to where the James Caird lay at the edge of the tussock-grass.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • Each nest consisted of a mound over a foot high of tussock-grass, roots, and a little earth.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
British Dictionary definitions for tussock-grass

tussock grass

(Austral & NZ) any of several pasture grasses of the genus Poa
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