from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Overgrown with moss; mossy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Overgrown with moss.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used pejoratively) out of fashion; old fashioned
  • adj. overgrown with moss


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  • No matter what happens in Wednesday's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, you can say this about the last six years in sports: It's been a wonderful ride for purists, history buffs, musty old fogies, moss-grown fuddy-duddies, unapologetic curmudgeons and anyone who has spent the last six decades in a Cryogenic tube.

    Score One for the Ghosts of History

  • He crossed to its little moss-grown bowl and drank until his mummy gullet felt alive again.

    do you ever read writing?

  • My really preferred diet is century-old vampire-flesh, obtained from the shadowed & moss-grown churchyards where certain evil sorcerers were interred 200 years or more ago, there to lie fat and fresh through the generations, silent & unstirring save when their misty emanations steal forth after sunset to afflict the countryside & exact a hideous toll from lone wayfarers.

    In the footsteps of Mythos… (updated) « Skulls in the Stars

  • But now the vault which had covered it being broken down and riven, and the Gothic font ruined and demolished, the stream burst forth from the recess of the earth in open day, and winded its way among the broken sculpture and moss-grown stones which lay in confusion around its source.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • You travel somewhere not for museums and sunsets but for ruins, bombed-out terrain, for the moss-grown memory of torture and war.


  • Above a foundation of moss-grown, crumbling stones was a trellis of rotten wood, half fallen from decay; over them clambered and intertwined at will a mass of clustering creepers.

    Eug�nie Grandet

  • Indeed, in the midst of the fields, even a hovel may have a certain grace derived from the pure air, the verdure, the open country — a hill, a serpentine road, vineyards, quickset hedges, moss-grown thatch and rural implements; but poverty in

    Le Colonel Chabert

  • The houses in the Grassmarket are, generally speaking, of a mean description; yet the place is not without some features of grandeur, being overhung by the southern side of the huge rock on which the Castle stands, and by the moss-grown battlements and turreted walls of that ancient fortress.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • One brown knoll alone breaks the waste, and on it a few leafless wind-clipt oaks stretch their moss-grown arms, like giant hairy spiders, above a desolate pool which crisps and shivers in the biting breeze, while from beside its brink rises a mournful cry, and sweeps down, faint and fitful, amid the howling of the wind.

    Westward Ho!

  •         O'er his moss-grown crags leaps with a tumble adown;

    Poems and Fragments


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