[ sfag-nuh m ]
/ ˈsfæg nəm /


any soft moss of the genus Sphagnum, occurring chiefly in bogs, used for potting and packing plants, for dressing wounds, etc.

Origin of sphagnum

1745–55; < New Latin, alteration of Greek sphágnos a moss
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British Dictionary definitions for sphagnum


/ (ˈsfæɡnəm) /


any moss of the genus Sphagnum, of temperate bogs, having leaves capable of holding much water: layers of these mosses decay to form peatAlso called: peat moss, bog moss

Derived Forms

sphagnous, adjective

Word Origin for sphagnum

C18: from New Latin, from Greek sphagnos a variety of moss
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Science definitions for sphagnum


[ sfăgnəm ]

See peat moss.
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