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 What lives here grows low — lichen, moss campion in purple pillows and Arctic poppies whose dish-flowers track the sun. Christopher Solomon, New York Times, "Exploring a Timeless Wilderness, Before the Drilling Begins," 13 Sep. 2019 The SPRO Frog bite should go off around the end of the month over the moss beds, Gerry predicts; www.fishlakeguntersvilleguideservice.com. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: How heat wave is affecting the bass bite," 13 Sep. 2019 Plants include bacopa, elodea, stream moss, duckweed, azolla and ludwigia. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County students inspire future caretakers of the natural world," 3 Sep. 2019 So far, the excellent Beats Powerbeats Pro true wireless earbuds have only been available in black, but the other colors announced several months ago — ivory (off-white), moss (green), and navy — are arriving by the end of this month. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Apple will release new colors of its excellent Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds on August 30th," 19 Aug. 2019 Place pumpkins in urns; drape moss around base of each pumpkin. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Stylish Pumpkin," 5 Sep. 2019 Since the last ice age, those dry, rich grasslands have been replaced in eastern Siberia by damp tundra, dominated by mosses in the north and forests farther south. Katie Orlinsky, National Geographic, "Arctic permafrost is thawing fast. That affects us all.," 16 Aug. 2019 This gap allowed carrageen moss to take center stage. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweed," 23 July 2019 In addition to zinnias, use moss roses, purslane, celosia and vinca in the full sun. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to control weeds in your summer lawn and garden," 28 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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10 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for moss

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

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More Definitions for moss

moss

noun
How to pronounce moss (audio)

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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