moss

noun
\ ˈmȯs How to pronounce moss (audio) \

Definition of moss

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly Scotland : bog, swamp especially : a peat bog
2a : any of a class (Musci) of bryophytic plants characterized by a gametophyte having a small leafy often tufted stem bearing sex organs at its tip also : a clump or sward of these plants
b : any of various plants resembling moss in appearance or habit of growth
3 : a mossy covering

moss

verb
mossed; mossing; mosses

Definition of moss (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover or overgrow with moss

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Other Words from moss

Noun

mosslike \ ˈmȯs-​ˌlīk How to pronounce mosslike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of moss in a Sentence

Noun

Moss covered the fallen logs.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These crusts have moss, glycogen, lichen and cyanobacteria, all compounds that act as a natural glue that make the soil moister and more stable and add vital microbes that give loose soil some structural stability. AZCentral.com, "Summer storms are a spectacle, but the dust in them is hazardous to your health," 18 June 2019 But because of the dry conditions and abundance of the brittle caribou moss, the blaze can’t be beaten into submission. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in," 12 June 2019 Has 15 species of moss, more than 700 hostas, groundcovers and other perennials. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Garden tours across Wisconsin will be lush and colorful thanks to abundant rain," 6 June 2019 This rugged jacket is made in the USA and available in tan, brown, moss, navy, and olive. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019 The kids had previously gathered moss, leaves, and twigs, at their own home to help decorate the exhibit. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Kate Middleton Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at the Chelsea Flower Show," 20 May 2019 Incorporate things like moss, lichen-covered sticks or river stones to add more visual interest while still keeping the look natural. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Super-Easy 'Living Arrangement' Takes Container Gardening to the Next Level," 26 Apr. 2019 That means cactus soil for succulents, peat moss soil for moss, and professional potting mix soil for other plants. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "20 Best Terrarium Plants for Every Type of Home," 4 Jan. 2019 Tattered camouflage netting hangs like moss over defunct fighter posts and the Moorish archways of the marketplace. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "From ‘Aladdin’ to Galaxy’s Edge, how Hollywood interprets Arab culture," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of moss

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moss

Noun

Middle English, from Old English mos; akin to Old High German mos moss, Latin muscus

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The first known use of moss was before the 12th century

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moss

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moss

: a type of green plant that has very small leaves and no flowers and that grows on rocks, bark, or wet ground

moss

noun
\ ˈmȯs How to pronounce moss (audio) \

Kids Definition of moss

1 : a plant that has no flowers and grows as a small leafy stem in patches like cushions clinging to rocks, bark, or damp ground
2 : a plant or plantlike organism (as a lichen) resembling moss

moss

noun
\ ˈmȯs How to pronounce moss (audio) \

Medical Definition of moss

1 : any of a class (Musci) of bryophytic plants having a small leafy often tufted stem bearing sex organs at its tip — see sphagnum
2 : any of various plants resembling mosses in appearance or habit of growth — see club moss, iceland moss, irish moss

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