(?), n. [F.] 1. Any trifling ornament for a woman's dress or bonnet.
[1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) A tuft or ball of wool, or the like, sometimes worn by soldiers on the front of the hat (such as a shako), instead of a feather.
[1913 Webster +PJC]

3. (a) A hardy garden chrysanthemum having buttonlike heads of flowers. (b) Any of several dwarf varieties of the Provence rose.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. the globe-shaped flower head characteristic of certain plants such as dahlias and chrysanthemums.

5. a ball-shaped cluster of ribbons or streamers held in the hand and waved by some cheerleaders at team sports contests. See pompom girl. Called also pompom.


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