sphagnum

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noun sphag·num \ˈsfag-nəm\

Definition of sphagnum

  1. 1 :  any of an order (Sphagnales, containing a single genus Sphagnum) of atypical mosses that grow only in wet acid areas where their remains become compacted with other plant debris to form peat

  2. 2 :  a mass of sphagnum plants

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Origin and Etymology of sphagnum

New Latin, from Latin sphagnos, a moss, from Greek


First Known Use: 1741


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sphagnum

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noun sphag·num \ˈsfag-nəm\

Medical Definition of sphagnum

  1. 1:  any of an order (Sphagnales, containing a single genus Sphagnum) of atypical mosses that grow only in wet acid areas where their remains become compacted with other plant debris to form peat

  2. 2:  a mass of dehydrated sphagnum plants used as a surgical dressing especially during World War I

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