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, in the meaning defined above

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“Spanish moss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spanish%20moss. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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Spanish moss

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Spanish moss

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

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