Feather moss

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Feather moss any moss branched in a feathery manner, esp. several species of the genus Hypnum.
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Usage

In literature:

Wonderful beds of moss, many feet in thickness, and softer than feathers, cover the rocks and roots.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
It was a nest with a foundation of mud covered with moss and lined with feathers.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
For the calyx of a moss-rose the down is left on the feather, and is a very good representation of the moss on the natural flower.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
Very little moss was used for mattresses, chicken feathers and goose feathers were the principal constituents during his boyhood.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
She puts lies and truth together, with more skill than you patch moss and feathers to build nests.
"Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
Lichens and cool mosses, feathered ferns and flowers.
"The Brownies and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Eagle's Feather pulls back swinging moss from hollow tree and looks within.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
In lieu of feathers horsehair and a kind of moss or other plant fiber are often used.
"Negritos of Zambales" by William Allan Reed
We did not line it with feathers and moss.
"Stories of Birds" by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
How can he build a nest, when the old bird has got all the moss and the feathers?
"Curious, if True" by Elizabeth Gaskell
The nest is made of grasses, leaves and moss and lined with feathers.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
It is of matted hair, feathers, moss, etc., bulky, round, and partly hanging.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography, Vol. II, No 3, September 1897" by Various
Birds of a feather gather no moss.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Feathers and moss, and a wisp of hay, Warm the white eggs till I learn his doom.
"Mopsa the Fairy" by Jean Ingelow
Kinglets build large nests of moss and feathers and lay as many as ten eggs.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
Its nest is composed of fibrous roots and moss, and is lined with hair, wool and feathers.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
What makes a tuft of feathers come on a cock's head, or moss on a moss-rose?
"Charles Darwin: His Life in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of His Published Letters" by Charles Darwin
This is oval, covered with moss on the outside, and lined with feathers and hair.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
It was arched over like a wren's, and was very beautifully constructed out of moss, hair, and feathers.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies
Imbedded in the moss was a vivid orange-yellow feather, which could belong to no other bird.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
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In poetry:

"More moss, straw, and feathers, I place,
In this manner," continued the pie.
"Yes, no doubt, madam, that is the case;
Though no builder myself, even I,"
"The Magpie's Nest, Or A Lesson Of Docility" by Charles Lamb
Said the starling, "conjectured 'twas so;
It must of necessity follow:
For more moss, straw, and feathers, I know,
It requires, to be soft, round, and hollow."
"The Magpie's Nest, Or A Lesson Of Docility" by Charles Lamb

In news:

Brown creepers sneak beneath the layer of bark and build a nest of wood chips, moss, fibers and feathers.
Even now the 1990 photographs that Ms Day took for "The Face," of Ms Moss on a beach in Sussex, England, topless and wearing a feathered headdress, look improbably fresh.
Other companies that exhibit in the space - located at IHFC, H223 - include Peacock Alley, Lili Alessandra, Moss Studio, and Square Feathers and Barbara Cosgrove Lighting.
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