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TUFT, noun

1. A collection of small things in a knot or bunch; as a tuft of flowers; a tuft of feathers; a tuft of grass or hair. A tuft of feathers forms the crest of a bird..

2. A cluster, a clump; as a tuft of trees; a tuft of olives.

3. In botany, a head of flowers, each elevated on a partial stalk, and all forming together a dense roundish mass. The word is sometimes applied to other collections, as little bundles of leaves, hairs and the like.

TUFT, verb transitive To separate into tufts.

1. To adorn with tufts or with a tuft