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mossy

[maw-see, mos-ee] /ˈmɔ si, ˈmɒs i/
adjective, mossier, mossiest.
1.
overgrown with or abounding in moss:
a mossy stone.
2.
covered with a mosslike growth.
3.
appearing as if covered with moss.
4.
resembling moss:
a mossy softness.
5.
old or outdated; antiquated:
mossy ideas.
Origin of mossy
1540-1550
1540-50; moss + -y1
Related forms
mossiness, noun
unmossy, adjective
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  • It is under the brink of a low, mossy bank, so near the highway that it could be reached from a passing vehicle with a whip.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • Also, the vegetation was different, mossy on this side, grassy on that.

    Cat and Mouse Ralph Williams
  • Grows in mossy places, in light sandy soil, on borders of pine woods.

  • She stopped at the little brook, and sat down on a mossy stone.

    Margaret Montfort Laura E. Richards
  • Evening came, and he sank down on the mossy banks of a stream and took a few draughts of water to revive him.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • A robin from the dappled warmth of a mossy stone, was regarding them instead.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • Gentle hills and dales, shady groves and mossy glens surrounded the house, which was a very good one.

    Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The old walls of the house were mossy, and ivy framed the windows.

    An Eagle Flight Jos Rizal
  • "You can have it—every bit of it," said Jan, quickly getting up from the mossy rock on which she had been sitting.

Word Origin and History for mossy
adj.

1560s, from moss + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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