- [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.
- 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