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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Moss
  1. [Bot] A cryptogamous plant of a cellular structure, with distinct stem and simple leaves. The fruit is a small capsule usually opening by an apical lid, and so discharging the spores. There are many species, collectively termed Musci, growing on the earth, on rocks, and trunks of trees, etc., and a few in running water.
  2. A bog; a morass; a place containing peat; as, the mosses of the Scottish border.

Note: ☞ The term moss is also popularly applied to many other small cryptogamic plants, particularly lichens, species of which are called tree moss rock moss coral moss, etc. Fir moss and club moss are of the genus Lycopodium. See Club moss, under Club, and Lycopodium.

Note: Moss is used with participles in the composition of words which need no special explanation; as, moss-capped, moss-clad, moss-covered, moss-grown, etc.

Etymology: OE. mos; akin to AS. meós, D. mos, G. moos, OHG. mos mios, Icel. mosi, Dan. mos, Sw. mossa, Russ. mokh', L. muscus. Cf. Muscoid

verb Moss
To cover or overgrow with moss.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Tiny leafy-stemmed flowerless plants
  1. A surname​.

Moss was also found in the following language(s): Luxembourgish and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Moss

Moss Cass is a member of parliament. He was most active from 1969 to 1983. Moss was born on February 18th, 1927 in Narrogin, Western Australia.


Moss was born on July 27th, 1948. He passed away on October 5th, 2010.


Moss is also known as Sweedler, M. E.; Sweedler, and Moss E..


Moss was born on April 3rd, 1766 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. Moss is also known as Kent and Moss Jr.. He died on May 30th, 1838.


Moss Mabry was an academy award nominated costume designer, academy awards, and academy awardnominatedcostume designer. Moss was born on July 5th, 1918. He passed away on January 25th, 2006.


Moss was born on March 8th, 1917 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. He breathed his last breath on January 4th, 1989.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Moss

Elisabeth Moss is an actor. Her ongoing career started in 1990. Elisabeth was given the name Elisabeth Singleton Moss on July 24th, 1982 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Carrie-Anne Moss is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Carrie-Anne was born Carrie-Anne Moss on August 21st, 1967 in Burnaby.


Randy Moss is a football player. Randy was born on February 13th, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia.


Kate Moss is a model, fashion designer, and model (people). Kate was born on January 16th, 1974 in Croydon.


Shad Moss is a hip hop music television host, rapping, and actor. His ongoing career started in 1993. Shad was given the name Shad Gregory Moss on March 9th, 1987 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Shad is also known as Lil' Bow Wow.


Sir Stirling Moss is a formula one racer.


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Popularity of Moss as a last name

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Common last names for Moss

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Moss U.S.
  White 69.73% 64.26%
  African American 24.71% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.68% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.28% 16.26%

Of Last Name Moss

People with the last name Moss are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Moss

  • How Popular is the name Moss? Moss is the 18,517th most popular name of all time. As a last name Moss was the 423rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Moss have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 402 babies born with the first name Moss in the United States. That's more than enough people named Moss to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Moss? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1891 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Moss first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Moss is Sunday, August 18th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Moss born? The highest recorded use of the first name Moss was in 2009 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Random Moss Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Moss is not a popular baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1926.
  • Weird things about the name Moss: Your name in reverse order is Ssom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Omss. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Moss? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 76,908 people with the last name Moss.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Moss? Moss was ranked as the 423rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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