from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various green, usually small, nonvascular plants of the class Musci of the division Bryophyta.
- n. A patch or covering of such plants.
- n. Any of various other unrelated plants having a similar appearance or manner of growth, such as the club moss, Irish moss, and Spanish moss.
- transitive v. To cover with moss.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bog; a swamp.
- n. Any of various small green plants growing on the ground or on the surfaces of trees, stones etc.; now specifically, a plant of the division Bryophyta (formerly Musci).
- n. A type or species of such plant.
- v. To become covered with moss.
- v. To cover (something) with moss.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A bog; a morass; a place containing peat.
- transitive v. To cover or overgrow with moss.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small herbaceous plant of the natural order Musci, with simple or branching stems and numerous generally narrow leaves: usually applied to a matted mass of such plants growing together; also, in popular use, any small cryptogamic plant, particularly a lichen: as, Iceland moss, club-moss, rock-moss, coral-moss, etc., and sometimes small matted phanerogams, as Pyxidanthera.
- n. Money: in allusion to the proverb, “a rolling stone gathers no moss.”
- To cover with moss.
- To become mossy; gather moss.
- n. A swamp or bog; specifically, a peatbog or a tract of such bogs; also, peat.
- n. An erroneous form of morse.
- n. The widow's-cross, Sedum pulchellum.
- n. The haircap-moss, Polytrichum juniperinum.
- n. Same as golden moss .
- n. Same as flowering moss .
- To fill with moss, as the crevices between the logs in a logging-camp.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tiny leafy-stemmed flowerless plants
Middle English, from Old English mos, bog, and from Medieval Latin mossa, moss (of Germanic origin).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English mos, from Old English mos ("bog, marsh, moss"), from Proto-Germanic *musan (“marsh, moss”), from Proto-Indo-European *mūs-, *meus- (“moss”). Cognate with Old High German mos (German Moos, "moss"), Icelandic mosi, Danish mos, Swedish mossa, Latin muscus ("moss"). (Wiktionary)