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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mossmɔs, mɒs(n.)

  1. any tiny, leafy-stemmed, filamentous bryophyte of the class Musci, growing in tufts, sods, or mats on moist ground, tree trunks, rocks, etc.

    Category: Plants

  2. a growth of such plants.

    Category: Plants

  3. any of various similar plants, as Iceland moss or club moss.

    Category: Plants

  4. (v.t.)to cover with a growth of moss.

Origin of moss:

bef. 1000; ME mos(se), OE mos moss, bog; akin to G Moos, ON mȳrrmire


Princeton's WordNet

  1. moss(noun)

    tiny leafy-stemmed flowerless plants

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. moss(noun)ˈɔs

    a low plant that grows on the surface of trees, rocks, etc.

    a moss covered wall


  1. moss(Noun)

    A bog; a swamp.

  2. moss(Noun)

    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).

  3. moss(Noun)

    A type or species of such plant.

  4. moss(Verb)

    To become covered with moss.

    An oak whose boughs were mossed with age.

  5. moss(Verb)

    To cover (something) with moss.

  6. Origin: From mos, from mos, from musan, from mūs-. Cognate with Old High German mos, Icelandic mosi, Danish mos, Swedish mossa, Latin muscus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moss(noun)

    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

  2. Moss(noun)

    a bog; a morass; a place containing peat; as, the mosses of the Scottish border

  3. Moss(verb)

    to cover or overgrow with moss


  1. Moss

    Mosses are a botanical division of small, soft plants that are typically 1–10 cm tall, though some species are much larger, like Dawsonia, the tallest moss in the world which can grow to 50 cm in height. They commonly grow close together in clumps or mats in damp or shady locations. They do not have flowers or seeds, and their simple leaves cover the thin wiry stems. At certain times mosses produce spore capsules which may appear as beak-like capsules borne aloft on thin stalks. There are approximately 12,000 species of moss classified in the Bryophyta. The division Bryophyta formerly included not only mosses, but also liverworts and hornworts. These other two groups of bryophytes are now placed in their own divisions.

Translations for MOSS

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(any variety of) a type of small flowerless plant, found in damp places, forming a soft green covering on tree trunks etc

The bank of the river was covered in moss.

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