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  1. any pale-green or gray, mosslike lichen of the genus Usnea, common on rocks and trees.
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Origin of usnea

1590–1600; < New Latin, Medieval Latin < Arabic or Persian ushnah
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Historical Examples of usnea

  • The larger ones covered with lichens,—often hung with the long gray Usnea.

    Cape Cod

    Henry D. Thoreau

  • It was in a section of Mississippi where there was no Usnea growing within 60 miles.

  • The Indian said that the usnea lichen which we saw hanging from the trees was called chorchorque.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Usnea barbata is collected from trees in Pennsylvania, and used for an orange colour for yarn.

    Vegetable Dyes

    Ethel M. Mairet