hassock

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Etymology[edit]

Old English hassuc, of uncertain origin.

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hassock (plural hassocks)

  1. A dense clump of grass or vegetation; a tussock. [from 10th c.]
  2. A cushion used primarily in churches for kneeling on while praying. [from 16th c.]
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 357:
      At the next service he found a flower on his hassock and a highly suggestive Catholic bookmarker tucked into his hymn-book.
  3. A thick cushion used as a seat; an ottoman or pouffe.

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