sphagnum

[sfag-nuh m]
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

1745–55; < New Latin, alteration of Greek sphágnos a moss
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sphagnum

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 peatAlso called: peat moss, bog moss
Derived Formssphagnous, adjective

Word Origin for sphagnum

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 in Science

sphagnum

[sfăgnəm]
  1. See peat moss.
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