tus·​sock ˈtə-sək How to pronounce tussock (audio)
: 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
tussocky adjective

Examples of tussock in a Sentence

There were grassy tussocks throughout the marsh.
Recent Examples on the Web Author Emily Pennington in Alaska's Gates of the Arctic National Park Courtesy Emily Pennington The tussocks, which are tricky to walk on and even trickier to walk between, seemed built to sprain or break an ankle. Emily Pennington, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Jan. 2023 According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the fir tussock is the most common, the white-marked is the second most common and the definite is the rarest of the three. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 Common Problems With Pampas Grass If the tussock or crown of the plant is overgrown, the middle of the plant can get too full and start to rot or completely die back. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Sep. 2023 SwagBot can be seen automatically detecting and spraying serrated tussock. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Feb. 2019 Yet the swamp traveller goes not in a straight line but slouches from quaking island to thick tussock to slippery, half-submerged log. Annie Proulx, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 The Mackenzie area’s dry tussock is home to moths and other insects found nowhere else on Earth. Petrina Darrah, Wired, 2 Oct. 2021 Indigenous flora are abundant, including rimu, tawa, matai, rata, and tussock. Cynthia Ozick, The New Yorker, 14 June 2021 Then explore the surrounding sparkling rivers, cool forests, swaying valleys of tussock, and soaring mountaintops. Alexandra Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 14 June 2020

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tussock was in 1607

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“Tussock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tussock. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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tus·​sock ˈtəs-ək How to pronounce tussock (audio)
: a compact bunch especially of grass or sedge
also : an area of raised solid ground in a marsh or bog that is bound together by plant roots
tussocky adjective
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