tus·​sock | \ ˈtə-sək How to pronounce tussock (audio) \

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

Other Words from tussock

tussocky \ ˈtə-​sə-​kē How to pronounce tussock (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tussock in a Sentence

There were grassy tussocks throughout the marsh.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The females scrape out a depression on the ground to lay their eggs, typically on a mound or tussock. Don Lyman, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Dec. 2019 Now imagine tussocks or talus (rock fields) covered by six inches of snow with water underneath. Holly Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 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, 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, 29 Aug. 2017 The flat-bladed grass tussocks weren't too wobbly for walking. Erin Mckittrick, Alaska Dispatch News, 15 Sep. 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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“Tussock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tussock. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of tussock

: a small area that is covered with long thick grass


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