Spanish moss
Spanish Span"ish, a. Of or pertaining to Spain or the Spaniards. [1913 Webster]

{Spanish bayonet} (Bot.), a liliaceous plant ({Yucca alorifolia}) with rigid spine-tipped leaves. The name is also applied to other similar plants of the Southwestern United States and mexico. Called also {Spanish daggers}.

{Spanish bean} (Bot.) See the Note under {Bean}.

{Spanish black}, a black pigment obtained by charring cork. --Ure.

{Spanish broom} (Bot.), a leguminous shrub ({Spartium junceum}) having many green flexible rushlike twigs.

{Spanish brown}, a species of earth used in painting, having a dark reddish brown color, due to the presence of sesquioxide of iron.

{Spanish buckeye} (Bot.), a small tree ({Ungnadia speciosa}) of Texas, New Mexico, etc., related to the buckeye, but having pinnate leaves and a three-seeded fruit.

{Spanish burton} (Naut.), a purchase composed of two single blocks. A

{double Spanish burton} has one double and two single blocks. --Luce (Textbook of Seamanship).

{Spanish chalk} (Min.), a kind of steatite; -- so called because obtained from Aragon in Spain.

{Spanish cress} (Bot.), a cruciferous plant ({Lepidium Cadamines}), a species of peppergrass.

{Spanish curlew} (Zo["o]l.), the long-billed curlew. [U.S.]

{Spanish daggers} (Bot.) See {Spanish bayonet}.

{Spanish elm} (Bot.), a large West Indian tree ({Cordia Gerascanthus}) furnishing hard and useful timber.

{Spanish feretto}, a rich reddish brown pigment obtained by calcining copper and sulphur together in closed crucibles.

{Spanish flag} (Zo["o]l.), the California rockfish ({Sebastichthys rubrivinctus}). It is conspicuously colored with bands of red and white.

{Spanish fly} (Zo["o]l.), a brilliant green beetle, common in the south of Europe, used for raising blisters. See {Blister beetle} under {Blister}, and {Cantharis}.

{Spanish fox} (Naut.), a yarn twisted against its lay.

{Spanish grass}. (Bot.) See {Esparto}.

{Spanish juice} (Bot.), licorice.

{Spanish leather}. See {Cordwain}.

{Spanish mackerel}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A species of mackerel ({Scomber colias}) found both in Europe and America. In America called {chub mackerel}, {big-eyed mackerel}, and {bull mackerel}. (b) In the United States, a handsome mackerel having bright yellow round spots ({Scomberomorus maculatus}), highly esteemed as a food fish. The name is sometimes erroneously applied to other species. See Illust. under Mackerel.

{Spanish main}, the name formerly given to the southern portion of the Caribbean Sea, together with the contiguous coast, embracing the route traversed by Spanish treasure ships from the New to the Old World.

{Spanish moss}. (Bot.) See {Tillandsia} (and note at that entry).

{Spanish needles} (Bot.), a composite weed ({Bidens bipinnata}) having achenia armed with needlelike awns.

{Spanish nut} (Bot.), a bulbous plant ({Iris Sisyrinchium}) of the south of Europe.

{Spanish potato} (Bot.), the sweet potato. See under {Potato}.

{Spanish red}, an ocherous red pigment resembling Venetian red, but slightly yellower and warmer. --Fairholt.

{Spanish reef} (Naut.), a knot tied in the head of a jib-headed sail.

{Spanish sheep} (Zo["o]l.), a merino.

{Spanish white}, an impalpable powder prepared from chalk by pulverizing and repeated washings, -- used as a white pigment.

{Spanish windlass} (Naut.), a wooden roller, with a rope wound about it, into which a marline spike is thrust to serve as a lever. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Spanish moss — Moss Moss (m[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. mos; akin to AS. me[ o]s, D. mos, G. moos, OHG. mos, mios, Icel. mosi, Dan. mos, Sw. mossa, Russ. mokh , L. muscus. Cf. {Muscoid}.] 1. (Bot.) A cryptogamous plant of a cellular structure, with distinct stem and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spanish moss — ☆ Spanish moss n. a rootless epiphytic plant (Tillandsia usneoides) of the pineapple family, often found growing in long, graceful strands from the branches of trees in the SE U.S. and tropical America …   English World dictionary

  • Spanish moss — Taxobox name = Spanish moss image width = 250px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Liliopsida ordo = Bromeliales familia = Bromeliaceae genus = Tillandsia species = T. usneoides binomial = Tillandsia usneoides binomial authority …   Wikipedia

  • Spanish moss — Tillandsia usneoides Tillandsia usneoides Systematik Ordnung: Süßgrasartige (Poales) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Spanish moss — kedeninė tilandsija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bromelijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Tillandsia usneoides), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Tillandsia usneoides angl. Florida moss; long moss;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Spanish-moss — kedeninė tilandsija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bromelijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Tillandsia usneoides), paplitęs Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Tillandsia usneoides angl. Florida moss; long moss;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Spanish moss — 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. [1815 25, Amer.] * * * Epiphyte (Tillandsia usneoides) in the pineapple family, found in… …   Universalium

  • Spanish moss — noun dense festoons of greenish grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America • Syn: ↑old man s beard, ↑black moss, ↑long moss, ↑Tillandsia… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Spanish moss — Tillandsia Til*land si*a, n. [NL., after Prof. Tillands, of Abo, in Finland.] (Bot.) An immense genus of epiphytic bromeliaceous plants confined to tropical and subtropical America. They usually bear a rosette of narrow overlapping basal leaves,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spanish moss — Air plant Air plant (Bot.) A plant deriving its sustenance from the air alone; an a[ e]rophyte. [1913 Webster] Note: The Florida moss ({Tillandsia}, many tropical orchids, and most mosses and lichens are air plants. Those which are lodged upon… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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