- Moss is a very small seedless plant that lives in moist places and grows in soft feathery patches.
An example of moss is the soft green plants that grow on the ground under a thick forest.
Moss covers the ground.
- any of various classes (esp. Bryopsida) of very small, green bryophytes having stems with leaflike structures and growing in velvety clusters on rocks, trees, moist ground, etc.
- a growth of these
- any of various similar plants, as some lichens, algae, etc.
Origin of mossMiddle English mos, a bog, moss ; from Old English a swamp, akin to Old Norse mosi, German moos, a bog, moss ; from Indo-European an unverified form meus- (from source Classical Latin muscus, moss) ; from base an unverified form meu-, moist
to cover with a growth of moss
- a. Any of various green, usually small, nonvascular plants of the division Bryophyta, having leaflike structures arranged around the stem and spores borne in a capsule.b. A patch or covering of such plants.
- Any of various other unrelated plants having a similar appearance or manner of growth, such as Irish moss, Spanish moss, and the club mosses.
transitive verbmossed, moss·ing, moss·es
To cover with moss.
Origin of mossMiddle English, from Old English mos, bog, and from Medieval Latin mossa, moss (of Germanic origin).
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