Moss covers the ground.
An example of moss is the soft green plants that grow on the ground under a thick forest.
- 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 and algae
Origin of mossMiddle English mos, a bog, moss ; from OE, 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
- 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
Origin of mossMiddle English, from Old English mos, bog, and from Medieval Latin mossa, moss (of Germanic origin).
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