Spanish moss

noun

Definition of Spanish moss

: an epiphytic plant (Tillandsia usneoides) of the pineapple family forming pendent tufts of grayish-green filaments on trees from the southern U.S. to Argentina

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First Known Use of spanish moss

1823


SPANISH MOSS Defined for English Language Learners

Spanish moss

noun

Definition of Spanish moss for English Language Learners

  • : a type of American plant that has long gray strands and that hangs down from the branches of trees


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