What does the word tuft mean?

Usage examples for tuft

  1. The female flew off only at the last moment, when my pony was about to tread on the tuft of grass she had selected for her home. – The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1 by Allan O. Hume
  2. One she called Moon Lady, because she often wanders away at night; another the Crown Wearer, because of a peculiar tuft upon her head. – Norwegian Life by Ethlyn T. Clough