Definition of moss
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 plantsb : any of various plants resembling moss in appearance or habit of growth
3 : a mossy covering
mosslikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of moss in a Sentence
Moss covered the fallen logs.
Recent Examples of moss from the Web
Take them from healthy, vigorous shoots in early summer and stick them into pots filled with equal amounts of sphagnum peat moss and horticultural perlite.
Rebecca Needles, IBG events operations manager, will show you how to create your own trough using a cement, perlite and peat moss mixture.
Use a mix of one part sphagnum peat moss to one part sand.
Mist and cannon smoke from a distant battlefield hang amid the Spanish moss.
The colorful jars of pickles and preserves are displayed in the dining room, which is dominated by Tamara Codor’s picture of a live oak tree dripping with moss.
Four O’Clock’ is to dig the tuberous roots in fall and store them in barely moist peat moss in an unheated garage.
Within a few days, the moss will dry up and drop off -- or so the theory goes.
Kelpie finishes long with the aroma of molasses from the initial nosing returning, and with notes of deep-sea kelp, dank moss and camphor.
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Origin and Etymology of moss
Middle English, from Old English mos; akin to Old High German mos moss, Latin muscus
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of moss
: to cover or overgrow with moss
First Known Use of moss
MOSS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of moss for English Language Learners
: a type of green plant that has very small leaves and no flowers and that grows on rocks, bark, or wet ground
MOSS Defined for Kids
Definition of moss for Students
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
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