an epiphytic plant, Tillandsia usneoides, of the southern U.S., having narrow, grayish leaves and growing in long festoons that drape the branches of trees.
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Origin of Spanish moss
An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for spanish moss
an epiphytic bromeliaceous plant, Tillandsia usneoides, growing in tropical and subtropical regions as long bluish-grey strands suspended from the branches of trees
a tropical lichen, Usnea longissima, growing as long trailing green threads from the branches of trees
Also called: long moss
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