Dicranum

noun Di·cra·num \ dīˈkrānəm \

Definition of Dicranum

:a large genus (the type of the family Dicranaceae) comprising mosses of the order Dicranales that have costate leaves, a cleft or bifid peristome, and long-stalked capsules

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of dicranum

New Latin, from Greek dikranon, neuter of dikranos two-headed, from di- + -kranos (from kranion skull, head)


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Dicranum? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

serious difficulty or misfortune

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!