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

Keep scrolling for more

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

In the office, which is adorned with Facebook logos, fresh fruit is at the agents’ disposal in a small room where subdued colors and decorative moss growing on the walls are meant to calm fraying nerves. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate," 19 May 2018 Measuring pollution with canaries, moss and fish People have used plants and animals as environmental indicators for many years. Theresa Laverty, Smithsonian, "Where Clean Drinking Water Is Hard To Find, Bats Could Lead the Way," 2 May 2018 The moss-like Corsican mint is an attractive creeper, good between paving stones or in the rock garden. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Mint That Won't Overrun Your Garden," 22 Aug. 2018 Transform lids with Tom Ford's lustrous lilac shadow or make like Selena and dip into a velvety swath of light moss via Huda Beauty's new metal sticks. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Tries Out This Season’s Trickiest Makeup Trend," 20 Feb. 2019 But for those like me, a dream home means having a wall of living moss. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Obsessed With Plants? Make An Entire Moss Wall With These Easy Tiles," 1 Nov. 2018 Clooney’s caped dress recalled the moss-green Ralph Lauren style that the Duchess of Sussex wore to attend the christening of Prince Louis. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Takes a Page from Meghan Markle’s Royal Wardrobe Playbook," 28 Sep. 2018 The tribe moves through the Taiga forest with its reindeer, following the moss the herd snacks on every few weeks, setting up tepees as needed. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "You'll Need a Reindeer to Get to This Airbnb in Mongolia," 19 Nov. 2018 Buy the decorative kind (try Nehaus Decor's natural moss, $8, amazon.com) and pad the top of the planter with it for added natural texture. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "7 of the Best-Looking Fake Plants You Can Buy," 28 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'moss.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about moss

Statistics for moss

Last Updated

23 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for moss

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for moss

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on moss

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with moss

Spanish Central: Translation of moss

Nglish: Translation of moss for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of moss for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about moss

Comments on moss

What made you want to look up moss? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!