- an edible lichen, Cetraria islandica, of arctic regions, containing a starchlike substance used in medicine.
Origin of Iceland moss
First recorded in 1795–1805
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A fire was lighted; the wet clothes were taken off the travellers; curd and beer, and a stew of Iceland-moss were set before them.Curiosities of Olden Times
- a lichen, Cetraria islandica, of arctic regions and N Europe, with brownish edible fronds
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