\ˈmȯ-sē \
mossier; mossiest

Definition of mossy 

1 : resembling moss

2 : covered with moss or something like moss

3 : antiquated the mossy precepts of the … prescriptive grammarians— Thomas Pyles

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Examples of mossy in a Sentence

mossy rules of etiquette that date from the Victorian era

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The shade has been permeating Instagram leading up to autumn, and there are a handful of particular shades that seem to be the most popular, from mossy forest green to Nickelodeon-level slime green. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Fall's Most Unexpected Nail Color? Green In All Its Glory," 8 Oct. 2018 Inspired by the romantic visuals of German choreographer Pina Bausch’s 1982 work Nelken, Tory Burch enlisted landscape designer and Vogue contributor Miranda Brooks to transform the landmarked Bridge Market into a mossy field of pink carnations. Vogue, "10 Great Women Artists Who Inspired the Fall 2018 Collections," 21 Mar. 2018 Meriwether's took over the 1920s building near the entrance to Portland's 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in 2004, covering the large fireplaces with mossy rock and restoring the original stained glass panels. Michael Russell,, "Historic Meriwether's to close; new rooftop restaurant planned for 2019," 18 Apr. 2018 Joey belonged to the Lightfoot family back then, the only horse in a small, mossy pasture on Route 47 in Maurice River Township, Cumberland County. Jason Nark,, "A prison guard and his old horse making smiles out of manure.," 23 Mar. 2018 Its big, bright fruiting bodies scatter in great numbers across mossy forests of North America and Europe. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "A Mushroom Out of a Fairy Tale That You Might Find in the Forest," 17 Oct. 2017 Green mossy streaks line the back of the stone, which stands about five feet off the ground. Marc Bona,, "Ray Chapman's grave site remains testament to Cleveland fans as well as player (photos)," 11 Oct. 2017 The smoking fumaroles, sky-blue hot springs, and mossy hills intermingle to create the kinds of pastel neon sediments normally found in cartoons, not nature. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "From Rauðhólar to Vík: A Guide to Southern Iceland," 9 Sep. 2017 Our tour van then stopped in the Fairy Glen, a magical place at the foot of a hill where a bubbling creek wound beside a mossy stone wall, willows drooped over the water and the grass sparkled with dew. Lorrie Holmgren, Twin Cities, "After Minneapolis couple’s nightmare trip to Scotland, writer has tips for travelers," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of mossy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mossy was in the 15th century

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\ˈmȯ-sē \
mossier; mossiest

Kids Definition of mossy

: like or covered with moss a mossy log

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