\ ˈmȯ-sē How to pronounce mossy (audio) \
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

Examples of mossy in a Sentence

mossy rules of etiquette that date from the Victorian era
Recent Examples on the Web The southern güiña, Leopardus guigna guigna, inhabits the dense, mossy forests of southern Chile and is smaller and darker than Leopardus guigna tigrillo, the northern güiña of central Chile’s matorral shrubland. National Geographic, 15 May 2020 Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA Home to the largest public moss garden in the United States, with more than 40 species of moss and lichen, the Bloedel Reserve’s Moss Garden casts the same mossy magic as Kyoto’s Saiho-ji. Thomas Kierok, National Geographic, 14 Apr. 2020 Not Teddy, who—when the clarion broke across the pastures at Seven Pines and Opequon, and the smoke bombs began to fly at Franklin and Fort Stedman—lay down on the mossy forest path, or beside the bursting blooms of buttonbush, or in the fields. Daniel Mason, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2020 High above the cardamom stood old trees whose mossy trunks and craggy branches soared hundreds of feet in the air. National Geographic, 18 Jan. 2020 Winter’s cold weather and black skies are countered by decorating inside with a mix of cedar branches and mossy twigs, nostalgic items like thick blankets, smile-producing kitsch Christmas ornaments and lots of lights. oregonlive, 18 Dec. 2019 Now, a new analysis of mossy plant remains from the Iceman’s murder site may reveal details of his frantic, final climb. Megan Gannon, National Geographic, 30 Oct. 2019 The others were mossy green, soft pink, and finally, my room, a deep, calming blue. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Nov. 2019 The splashy rhythms of water rushing over mossy boulders and flattened ferns complemented by bird calls and rustling leaves combine for a calming culmination of short trek with much to see. Mare Czinar, azcentral, 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of mossy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mossy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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\ ˈmȯ-sē How to pronounce mossy (audio) \
mossier; mossiest

Kids Definition of mossy

: like or covered with moss a mossy log

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