- any of a genus (Sphagnum) of highly absorbent, spongelike, grayish peat mosses found in bogs
- a mass of such peat mosses, used to improve soil, to pack and pot plants, etc.
Origin of sphagnumModern Latin from Classical Greek sphagnos, kind of moss
Any of various mosses of the genus Sphagnum of wet acidic areas, having long fibrous leafy stems, the decomposed remains of which form a type of peat.
Origin of sphagnumNew Latin from Latin sphagnos a kind of moss from Greek a kind of shrub