I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mos; akin to Old High German mos moss, Latin muscus Date: before 12th century 1. chiefly Scottish bog, swamp; especially a peat bog 2. a. any of a class (Musci) of bryophytic plants characterized by a gametophyte having a small leafy often tufted stem bearing sex organs at its tip; also a clump or sward of these plants b. any of various plants resembling moss in appearance or habit of growth 3. a mossy covering • mosslike adjective II. transitive verb Date: 15th century to cover or overgrow with moss

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  • 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 simple… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moss — (n.) O.E. meos moss, related to mos bog, from P.Gmc. *musan (Cf. O.H.G. mios, Dan. mos, Ger. Moos), also in part from O.N. mosi moss, bog, and M.L. mossa moss, from the same Germanic source, from PIE *meus damp, with derivatives ref …   Etymology dictionary

  • moss — moss; moss·berry; moss·er; moss·ery; moss·ite; moss·man; …   English syllables

  • moss — [môs, mäs] n. [ME mos, a bog, moss < OE, a swamp, akin to ON mosi, Ger moos, a bog, moss < IE * meus (> L muscus, moss) < base * meu , moist] 1. a) any of various classes (esp. Bryopsida) of very small, green bryophytes having stems… …   English World dictionary

  • Moss — Moss, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mossed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mossing}.] To cover or overgrow with moss. [1913 Webster] An oak whose boughs were mossed with age. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • MOSS — may refer to:* Map Overlay and Statistical System, Early public domain GIS system * Market Oriented Sector Selective talks, trade negotiations held between the United States and Japan in 1984 * Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, the current …   Wikipedia

  • Moss — Moss, Stadt im südlichen Norwegen, Amt Smaalenene, an der Ostseite des Christianiafjords und an der Staatsbahnlinie Christiania Frederikshald, hat mehrere Fabriken, bedeutende Holzausfuhr und (1900) 8930 Einw. M. ist Sitz eines deutschen… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Moss — m 1 English (also Jewish): from the usual medieval form of MOSES (SEE Moses) or, among Gentiles, transferred use of the English surname derived from Moses. 2 Welsh: in recent years it has also been used as a short form of MOSTYN (SEE Mostyn) …   First names dictionary

  • moss — [mɔs US mo:s] n [U and C] [: Old English; Origin: mos wet ground ] a very small green plant that grows in a thick soft furry mass on wet soil, trees, or rocks >mossy adj ▪ a high, mossy wall …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • moss — [ mɔs ] noun count or uncount a soft green or brown plant that grows in a layer on wet ground, rocks, or trees …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Moss — Fréquent en Grande Bretagne, le nom peut avoir deux sens différents : soit une autre forme de Moses (= Moïse), soit un toponyme signifiant tourbière …   Noms de famille

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