Splach·​num | \ -nəm \

Definition of Splachnum

: a genus (the type of the family Splachnaceae) of rather rare mosses distinguished by a capsule that bears spores only in the upper portion and by its colored lower half being much swollen and composed of loose tissue containing chlorophyll

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History and Etymology for Splachnum

New Latin, from Greek splanchnon tree moss

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“Splachnum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Splachnum. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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