Other Word Forms of Tuft
Origin of Tuft
Middle English toft(e), from Middle French tofe, toffe 'tuft', from Late Latin (near Vegezio) tufa 'helmet crest', from Germanic (compare Old English ðūf 'tuft', Old Norse þúfa 'mound', Swedish tuva 'tussock, grassy hillock'), from Proto-Germanic *þūbǭ, *þūbaz; akin to Latin tūber 'hump, swelling', Ancient Greek typhē 'cattail (used to stuff beds)'.
Middle English probably alteration of Old French tofe from Late Latin tufa helmet crest or of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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