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usnea

[ uhs-nee-uh ]
/ ˈʌs ni ə /
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noun

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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