Definitions for oakmossˈoʊkˌmɔs, -ˌmɒs

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word oakmoss


  1. oakmoss(Noun)

    Evernia prunastri, a lichen found primarily on oak trees.


  1. Evernia prunastri

    Evernia prunastri, also known as oakmoss, is a species of lichen. It can be found in many mountainous temperate forests throughout the Northern Hemisphere, including parts of France, Portugal, Spain, North America, and much of Central Europe. Oakmoss grows primarily on the trunk and branches of oak trees, but is also commonly found on the bark of other deciduous trees and conifers such as fir and pine. The thalli of oakmoss are short and bushy, and grow together on bark to form large clumps. Oakmoss thallus is flat and strap-like. They are also highly branched, resembling the form of deer antlers. The colour of oakmoss ranges from green to a greenish-white when dry, and dark olive-green to yellow-green when wet. The texture of the thalli are rough when dry and rubbery when wet. It is used extensively in modern perfumery. Oakmoss is commercially harvested in countries of South-Central Europe and usually exported to the Grasse region of France where its fragrant compounds are extracted as oakmoss absolutes and extracts. These raw materials are often used as perfume fixatives and form the base notes of many fragrances.

Images & Illustrations of oakmoss


Find a translation for the oakmoss definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these oakmoss definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"oakmoss." STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 29 Nov. 2015. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for oakmoss? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for oakmoss:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.