sphagnum


sphag·num

noun \ˈsfag-nəm\

Definition of SPHAGNUM

1
: any of an order (Sphagnales, containing a single genus Sphagnum) of atypical mosses that grow only in wet acid areas where their remains become compacted with other plant debris to form peat
2
: a mass of dehydrated sphagnum plants used as a surgical dressing especially during World War I

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