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They didn't have breath to spare for talking as they began to climb Stoatshead Hill, stumbling occasionally in hidden rabbit holes, slipping on thick black tuffets of grass. (GF6)


A tuft of stringy things (such as blades of grass, threads, or hairs) held together or growing together at a common base.

Note that this isn't the same sense of the word as in the nursery rhyme "Little Miss Muffet / sat on a tuffet"; the word can also mean a little hill or mound.


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