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Tussock  n.  (Written also tussuck)  
A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge. "Such laying of the hair in tussocks and tufts."
(Bot.) Same as Tussock grass, below.
(Zool.) 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.
Tussock grass. (Bot.)
A tall, strong grass of the genus Dactylis (Dactylis caespitosa), valuable for fodder, introduced into Scotland from the Falkland Islands.
A tufted grass (Aira caespitosa).
Any kind of sedge (Carex) which forms dense tufts in a wet meadow or boggy place.
Tussock moth (Zool.), the imago of any tussock caterpillar. They belong to Orgyia, Halecidota, and allied genera.

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... thing, I found myself once more on the edge of the vlei, within a hundred yards of the wagon. I was so thirsty that I found it impossible to pass the water without drinking. The margin of the vlei was very muddy, so, placing my rifle against a tree, I stepped from one tussock to another, so as to get within reach of deeper and, therefore, clearer water. I bent down to drink, placing one hand on a tussock and the other on what I took to be a stone, about six inches in diameter. But when I touched it the supposed ...
— Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer • W. C. Scully

Words linked to "Tussock" :   plumed tussock, witches' broom, clump, staghead, cluster, tussock moth, coma, tussock caterpillar, tuft, bunch, witch broom, clustering, wisp

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