Iceland moss
noun Date: 1805 a lichen (Cetraria islandica) of mountainous and arctic regions sometimes used in medicine or as food

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  • Iceland moss — Scientific classification Kingdom: Fungi Division: Ascomyco …   Wikipedia

  • Iceland 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

  • Iceland moss — Ice land moss (Bot.) A kind of lichen ({Cetraria Icelandica}) found from the Arctic regions to the North Temperate zone. It furnishes a nutritious jelly and other forms of food, and is used in pulmonary complaints as a demulcent. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Iceland moss — n. an arctic lichen (Cetraria islandica) sometimes used as a food and in folk medicine …   English World dictionary

  • Iceland moss — an edible lichen, Cetraria islandica, of arctic regions, containing a starchlike substance used in medicine. [1795 1805] * * * ▪ lichen       fruticose (branched, bushy) lichen with an upright thallus usually attached in one place. It varies in… …   Universalium

  • Iceland moss — Ice·land moss .ī slən(d) mȯs, .ī .slan(d) n a lichen of the genus Cetraria (C. islandica) of mountainous and arctic regions sometimes used in medicine or as food * * * 1. Cetraria islandica, a lichen native to Iceland. 2. a preparation of the… …   Medical dictionary

  • Iceland moss — (also Iceland lichen) noun a brown branching lichen with stiff spines along the margins of the fronds, which can be boiled to produce an edible jelly. [Cetraria islandica.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Iceland moss — noun lichen with branched flattened partly erect thallus that grows in mountainous and Arctic regions; used as a medicine or food for humans and livestock; a source of glycerol • Syn: ↑Iceland lichen, ↑Cetraria islandica • Hypernyms: ↑lichen •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Iceland moss — Ice′land moss′ n. fng pln an edible lichen, Cetraria islandica, of arctic regions • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • Iceland moss — /aɪslənd ˈmɒs/ (say uysluhnd mos) noun an edible lichen, Cetraria islandica, of arctic regions, used to some extent in medicine …   Australian English dictionary

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