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English Dictionary: tussock by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
tussock
n
  1. a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass [syn: tuft, tussock]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tussock \Tus"sock\, n. [From {Tuz}.] [Written also {tussuck}.]
      1. 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.
                                                                              --Latimer.
  
      2. (Bot.) Same as {Tussock grass}, below.
  
      3. (Zo[94]l.) 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) A tall, strong grass of the genus {Dactylis} ({D.
                  c[91]spitosa}), valuable for fodder, introduced into
                  Scotland from the Falkland Islands.
            (b) A tufted grass ({Aira c[91]spitosa}).
            (c) Any kind of sedge ({Carex}) which forms dense tufts in
                  a wet meadow or boggy place.
  
      {Tussock moth} (Zo[94]l.), the imago of any tussock
            caterpillar. They belong to {Orgyia}, {Halecidota}, and
            allied genera.
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