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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Botany Growing in tufts or clumps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the form of a piece of turf, i.e. many stems from one rootstock or from many entangled rootstocks or roots.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the form a piece of turf, i. e., many stems from one rootstock or from many entangled rootstocks or roots.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, growing in low tufty patches.
  • In entomology, matted; tangled: applied to a surface when it is thickly covered with long and irregularly commingled hairs. Also cespitous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of plants) growing in small dense clumps or tufts

Etymologies

New Latin caespitōsus, from Latin caespes, caespit-, turf.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin caespes ("turf"). (Wiktionary)

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  • growing in tufts

    Oh, the things you could do with this word....

    February 24, 2007