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  1. Noun.
    1. A bunch of feathers, grass, hair, etc., held together at the base.
    2. A cluster of threads drawn tightly through upholstery, a mattress, a quilt, etc., to secure and strengthen the padding.
    3. A small clump of trees or bushes.
    4. (Formerly) A gold tassel on the cap worn by titled undergraduates at English universities.
    5. A person entitled to wear such a tassel.
  2. Verb transitive.
    1. To provide or decorate with a tuft or tufts.
    2. To form or be formed into tufts.
    3. To secure and strengthen (a mattress, quilt, etc.) with tufts.

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