American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A clump or tuft, as of growing grass.
- n. A tuft of hair or feathers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A clump, tuft, or small hillock of growing grass.
- n. Same as tuft, 1.
- n. A tussock-moth, as of the genus Orgyia (which see); a vaporer: so called from the tufted larvæ. The larva of the white-marked tussock, O. leucostigma, is a very destructive caterpillar in the United States. The pale tussock is the European O. pudibunda: so called in England.
- n. Same as tussock-grass.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge.
- n. (Bot.) Same as Tussock grass, below.
- n. (Zoöl.) A caterpillar of any one of numerous species of bombycid moths. The body of these caterpillars is covered with hairs which form long tufts or brushes. Some species are very injurious to shade and fruit trees. Called also
tussock caterpillar. See Orgyia.
- n. a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass
- Unknown. Possibly related to tusk, or Scottish Gaelic dosag ("little tuft"). (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The houses are thatched with a reed-like grass called tussock, which is grown in the gardens or on a piece of ground near.”
“I think one of the plants that makes the hummocks might be this plant called tussock sedge carex stricta.”
“Ireland, is mimicked in a wonderful manner by one of the Liparidae (the family to which our common "tussock" and "vapourer" moths belong).”
“He stops counting, calls out her location and vanishes into the swaying tussock grass.”
“The red flags continue uphill through the tussock where the raucous braying gets louder.”
“Hundreds of Rockhopper Penguins and Black-browed Albatrosses sit on rocks and tussock clumps, wheezing, clucking, and whistling.”
“He tells us follow to the red flags through the tussock grass clumps because there might be nesting penguins beneath.”
“Directly in front of me a caracara bird chases a screaming penguin who scurries into a little hole beneath the tussock, safe.”
“If you have trouble walking, the trip won't be much fun because to get past the seals and to the penguin rookeries, you usually have to walk uphill through tough clumps of tussock grass.”
“Running the length of the clifftop, following its every in and out, is a border of bright pink thrift just a single tussock wide.”
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