Tuft (?), n. [Prov. E. tuff, F. touffe; of German origin; cf. G. zopf a weft of hair, pigtail, top of a tree. See Top summit.]

1.

A collection of small, flexible, or soft things in a knot or bunch; a waving or bending and spreading cluster; as, a tuft of flowers or feathers.

2.

A cluster; a clump; as, a tuft of plants.

Under a tuft of shade. Milton.

Green lake, and cedar fuft, and spicy glade. Keble.

3.

A nobleman, or person of quality, especially in the English universities; -- so called from the tuft, or gold tassel, on the cap worn by them.

[Cant, Eng.]

Several young tufts, and others of the faster men. T. Hughes.

 

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Tuft, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tufted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tufting.]

1.

To separate into tufts.

2.

To adorn with tufts or with a tuft.

Thomson.

 

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Tuft, v. i.

To grow in, or form, a tuft or tufts.

 

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