tussock

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noun tus·sock \ˈtə-sək\

Definition of tussock

  1. :  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

play \-sə-kē\ adjective

Examples of tussock in a sentence

  1. There were grassy tussocks throughout the marsh.

Origin and Etymology of tussock

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1607


TUSSOCK Defined for English Language Learners

tussock

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noun tus·sock \ˈtə-sək\

Definition of tussock for English Language Learners

  • : a small area that is covered with long thick grass


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