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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Examples of Spanish moss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Riders will be transported to the magical land of the bayou, complete with flowing Spanish moss and water lilies. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2024 Today, his professional life is centered around Savannah, a town on Georgia’s coast that is four hours from Atlanta and famous for historic homes on quiet streets lined with trees covered in Spanish moss. Todd Longwell, Variety, 9 May 2024 From a humble rectangle of wood, framed onto brick stanchions that kept it hovering several feet above the ground, shaded by the long beards of Spanish moss hanging from the limbs of towering oaks and a hardy pine, a family was born. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, 11 Apr. 2024 Not Star Wars–, Harry Potter–, or Barbie-themed but the rarest cacti and succulents, cycads with Jurassic bloodlines, towering prehistoric fern trees, dragon trees, bromeliads among Spanish moss, and so much more. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 30 Mar. 2024 The picturesque plot is accessed via a quarter-mile-long driveway lined with towering exotic trees, Spanish moss, and hundreds of orchids. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 13 Mar. 2024 Best Things to Do Kayaking Louisiana likely conjures images of bayous with Spanish moss hanging from trees. Trudy Haywood Saunders, Travel + Leisure, 4 Mar. 2024 Take a ball of green Spanish moss in your hands and hollow out an opening with your thumbs. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 26 Feb. 2024 Despite a massive daily cleanup operation that leaves the post-parade landscape remarkably clean, uncaught beads dangle from tree limbs like Spanish moss and get ground into the mud under the feet of passers-by. Kevin McGill, Quartz, 11 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Spanish moss was in 1823

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“Spanish moss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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Spanish moss

: a plant related to the pineapple that forms hanging tufts of grayish green threadlike strands on trees from the southern U.S. to Argentina

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