Etymology
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tussock (n.)

1540s, "tuft of hair," of uncertain origin; perhaps a diminutive of earlier tusk (1520s) with the same meaning (and also of obscure origin). Meaning "tuft of grass" is first recorded c. 1600.

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Definitions of tussock

tussock (n.)
a bunch of hair or feathers or growing grass;
Synonyms: tuft
From wordnet.princeton.edu