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sphagnum

[sfag-nuh m] /ˈsfæg nəm/
noun
1.
any soft moss of the genus Sphagnum, occurring chiefly in bogs, used for potting and packing plants, for dressing wounds, etc.
Origin of sphagnum
1745-1755
1745-55; < New Latin, alteration of Greek sphágnos a moss
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sphagnum

/ˈsfæɡnəm/
noun
1.
any moss of the genus Sphagnum, of temperate bogs, having leaves capable of holding much water: layers of these mosses decay to form peat Also called peat moss, bog moss
Derived Forms
sphagnous, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek sphagnos a variety of moss
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Word Origin and History for sphagnum
n.

genus of mosses, 1741, Modern Latin, from Latin sphagnos, a kind of lichen, from Greek sphagnos "a spiny shrub, a kind of moss," of unknown origin.

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sphagnum
  (sfāg'nəm)   
See peat moss.
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