- to cover with a growth of moss: to moss a crumbling wall.
Origin of moss
- Howard,1922–1987, U.S. poet, editor, and playwright.
Examples from the Web for moss
They agreed to let McKell and Moss join their tribe for a few days.London’s Pagan Counterculture Kings
October 12, 2014
By the time the CFDA awards rolled round in early 1994, Moss was a bona fide star.
Callahan claims that within weeks of leaving the Priory, Moss “got back on drugs.”
He pops from the screen as a charismatic, occasionally messianic “human prism,” as Moss calls him.
“I flew into Williston through Denver and went right to the church and met Jay,” says Moss.
Then the snowdrop sang a lullaby about the moss that loved the violet.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
He had on a pair of moss trousers, and his coat was a yellow gorse flower.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The unknown, lurking in the midst of the sticks and moss, was savagely clutching him by the nose.White Fang
In summer there was nothing to exercise the mind of Mr. Moss.
Mr. Moss was disentangling the crick in his back for the last time that day.
- any bryophyte of the phylum Bryophyta, typically growing in dense mats on trees, rocks, moist ground, etcSee also peat moss
- a clump or growth of any of these plants
- any of various similar but unrelated plants, such as club moss, Spanish moss, Ceylon moss, rose moss, and reindeer moss
- Scot and Northern English a peat bog or marsh
- Kate . born 1974, British supermodel.
- Sir Stirling. born 1929, English racing driver
Word Origin and History for moss
Old English meos "moss," related to mos "bog," from Proto-Germanic *musan (cf. Old High German mios, Danish mos, German Moos), also in part from Old Norse mosi "moss, bog," and Medieval Latin mossa "moss," from the same Germanic source, from PIE *meus- "damp," with derivatives referring to swamps and swamp vegetation (cf. Latin muscus "moss," Lithuanian musai "mold, mildew," Old Church Slavonic muchu "moss").
Selden Moseþ þe Marbelston þat men ofte treden. ["Piers Plowman," 1362]
All the Germanic languages have the word in both senses, which is natural because moss is the characteristic plant of boggy places. It is impossible to say which sense is original. Scott (1805) revived 17c. moss-trooper "freebooter infesting Scottish border marshes."
- Any of various green, usually small nonvascular plants of the division Bryophyta. Mosses, unlike liverworts, have some tissues specialized for conducting water and nutrients. As in the other bryophytes, the diploid sporophyte grows on the haploid gametophyte generation, which supplies it with nutrients. Mosses often live in moist, shady areas and grow in clusters or mats. Sphagnum mosses play a crucial role in the ecology of peat bogs. See more at bryophyte.
- Any of a number of plants that look like mosses but are not related to them. For instance, reindeer moss is a lichen, Irish moss is an alga, and Spanish moss is a bromeliad, a flowering plant.