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Meaning of MOSS

Pronunciation:  mos

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  tiny leafy-stemmed flowerless plants

MOSS is a 4 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: acrocarp, acrocarpous moss, bog moss, bryophyte, nonvascular plant, peat moss, pleurocarp, pleurocarpous moss, sphagnum, sphagnum moss



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Moss\, n. [OE. mos; akin to AS. me['o]s, D. mos, G. moos,
    OHG. mos, mios, Icel. mosi, Dan. mos, Sw. mossa, Russ. mokh',
    L. muscus. Cf. {Muscoid}.]
    1. (Bot.) A cryptogamous plant of a cellular structure, with
       distinct stem and simple leaves. The fruit is a small
       capsule usually opening by an apical lid, and so
       discharging the spores. There are many species,
       collectively termed Musci, growing on the earth, on rocks,
       and trunks of trees, etc., and a few in running water.
    Note: The term moss is also popularly applied to many other
          small cryptogamic plants, particularly lichens, species
          of which are called tree moss, rock moss, coral moss,
          etc. Fir moss and club moss are of the genus
          {Lycopodium}. See {Club moss}, under {Club}, and
    2. A bog; a morass; a place containing peat; as, the mosses
       of the Scottish border.
    Note: Moss is used with participles in the composition of
          words which need no special explanation; as,
          moss-capped, moss-clad, moss-covered, moss-grown, etc.
    {Black moss}. See under {Black}, and {Tillandsia}.
    {Bog moss}. See {Sphagnum}.
    {Feather moss}, any moss branched in a feathery manner, esp.
       several species of the genus {Hypnum}.
    {Florida moss}, {Long moss}, or {Spanish moss}. See
    {Iceland moss}, a lichen. See {Iceland Moss}.
    {Irish moss}, a seaweed. See {Carrageen}.
    {Moss agate} (Min.), a variety of agate, containing brown,
       black, or green mosslike or dendritic markings, due in
       part to oxide of manganese. Called also {Mocha stone}.
    {Moss animal} (Zo["o]l.), a bryozoan.
    {Moss berry} (Bot.), the small cranberry ({Vaccinium
    {Moss campion} (Bot.), a kind of mosslike catchfly ({Silene
       acaulis}), with mostly purplish flowers, found on the
       highest mountains of Europe and America, and within the
       Arctic circle.
    {Moss land}, land produced accumulation of aquatic plants,
       forming peat bogs of more or less consistency, as the
       water is grained off or retained in its pores.
    {Moss pink} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Phlox} ({P.
       subulata}), growing in patches on dry rocky hills in the
       Middle United States, and often cultivated for its
       handsome flowers. --Gray.
    {Moss rose} (Bot.), a variety of rose having a mosslike
       growth on the stalk and calyx. It is said to be derived
       from the Provence rose.
    {Moss rush} (Bot.), a rush of the genus {Juncus} ({J.
    {Scale moss}. See {Hepatica}.
  2. \Moss\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mossed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To cover or overgrow with moss.
          An oak whose boughs were mossed with age. --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing moss growing in your dream indicates an extremely slow progress in some project or relationship. You need to be more patient.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A type of primitive plant in the division Bryophyta which does not have a vascular system and lacks roots. Peat mosses (class Sphagnopsida) are plants which form spongy, pale-green mats in still freshwater environments like pools, bogs, swamps, and the shores of lakes and ponds. Class Andreaeopsida (including the granite mosses) are blackish-green plants with rhizoids which grow on siliceous rocks (such as granite) at high altitudes and soils in cold regions. True mosses (class Bryopsida) are a large and diverse group of plants that tend to consist of tiny, branching filaments, rhizoids, and reproductive organs at the tips which release spores. They mostly grow on tree branches, rocks, and bare soil, but may also grow in freshwater streams or in arid regions.
Thesaurus Terms
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