tuft

n.

  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.
  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.

v. t.

  1. To separate into tufts.
  2. To adorn with tufts or with a tuft.

v. i.

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