tussock

noun
tus·sock | \ˈtə-sək \

Definition of tussock 

: a compact tuft especially of grass or sedge also : an area of raised solid ground in a marsh or bog that is bound together by roots of low vegetation

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Other Words from tussock

tussocky \ˈtə-sə-kē \ adjective

Examples of tussock in a Sentence

There were grassy tussocks throughout the marsh.

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Now imagine tussocks or talus (rock fields) covered by six inches of snow with water underneath. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "When the Brooks family ventured to the Brooks Range for a summer adventure, winter reared its head," 1 July 2018 Karl Lagerfeld’s Fall 2018 show for Chanel re-created an autumnal wonderland inside the Grand Palais, down to icebox-crisped fall leaves, tussocks of moss, and Brontë-esque fog. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Spring in Step: The Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artist’s Dinner," 24 Apr. 2018 Here, the wilderness swallows you, from the sweeping tussock grasslands, to the never-ending ridges that flow across the open landscape. Alaska Dispatch News, "Current NPR-A plan makes sense for both wilderness and oil development," 29 Aug. 2017 The flat-bladed grass tussocks weren't too wobbly for walking. Erin Mckittrick, Alaska Dispatch News, "Meandering the mudflats: 800 miles around Cook Inlet," 15 Sep. 2017 There are also several hairy species, namely the walnut caterpillar, fall webworm, and sycamore tussock, which are also harmless and commonly found. Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, AL.com, "Stinging caterpillars (Garden Talk)," 22 Aug. 2017 Each step pushes voracious clouds up from the tussocks. Michael Engelhard, Alaska Dispatch News, "Bloodsucking, bloodthirsty, blood-crazed predators," 15 July 2017 One large species, tussock sedge, has interesting large spiky seed heads in early summer. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Tired of mulching? The pros have a different idea.," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of tussock

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tussock

origin unknown

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The first known use of tussock was in 1607

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tussock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tussock

: a small area that is covered with long thick grass

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