moss pink


: a low-growing perennial phlox (Phlox subulata) widely cultivated for its abundant usually pink or white flowers

Examples of moss pink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The moon will not turn pink or even look pink; instead, the moniker comes from a ground-covering plant, moss pink, that’s among the earliest bloomers in the spring. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2024 Spectacular blue, red, pink, or white blooms smother moss pink's needle-like foliage in spring. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 9 Apr. 2024 Named for the moss pink wildflower that sprouts this time of year, the moon won't appear as pink to our eyes here on Earth. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 April 23: The appearance of the moss pink wildflower gives rise to the full pink moon. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 The pink moon is named after the herb moss pink, according to Maine Farmers' Almanac. Julia Musto, Fox News, 7 Apr. 2023 In particular, the pink moon gets its name from a hot pink wildflower, Phlox subulata, that grows in a thick mat of vibrant foliage, commonly referred to as creeping phlox, moss phlox or moss pink. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 5 Apr. 2023 As cited in the Farmer’s Almanac, the Pink Moon is named after moss pink (also called creeping phlox), which is an abundant springtime flowering plant native to the eastern U.S. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2022 The April full moon heralded the appearance of moss pink, one of the first spring flowers. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moss pink was in 1845

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“Moss pink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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