• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wall-moss the yellow wall-lichen: the stone-crop
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weall, wall; Ger. wall, both from L. vallum, a rampart—vallus, a stake.


In literature:

Moss grew on the old wall, over which a kind of ivy clambered to form borders around the windows.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
Moss grew along the walls, and it was very quiet under the high trees.
"The Path to Rome" by Hilaire Belloc
Suddenly he would discover himself before a high wall, on top of which were statues covered with moss, or huge terra-cotta jars.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
A moss-grown path round the walls will give a quick walker ten minutes' exercise to make the round from one tower of the gateway to the other.
"The Last Hope" by Henry Seton Merriman
These walls were covered with grass and moss.
"Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" by George MacDonald
The cracks in the walls were chinked with moss and mud-mortar.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
Presently she came to a stretch of stone wall, partly broken down, in front of an old orchard whose trees were gnarled and moss-grown.
"Mercy Philbrick's Choice" by Helen Hunt Jackson
There was moss creeping over the thick stone wall, she discovered when she walked over it.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
It is very old; the passing years have covered the walls with moss, and nature seems to have made the place her own.
"Jean Francois Millet" by Estelle M. Hurll
Moss all over the cliff walls.
"The Dope on Mars" by John Michael Sharkey
In winter they sleep all the time in some crevice of an old garden wall, or in a little hole in the ground covered with moss and leaves.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
The room was large, its walls of narrow logs chinked with clay and moss.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
How these Mexican markets swarm with people and glow with color, backed by moss-grown walls and ruined archways!
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
The walls were of wattle and covered with moss.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Moss and lichens covered the walls, moisture dripped from the ceiling.
"The Golden Amazons of Venus" by John Murray Reynolds
To build the walls of this was not difficult; there was plenty of stone and moss.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
The walls are of moss.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Indeed the Oxford of to-day shelters beneath its imperturbable calm, behind its moss-grown walls, all the "latest fashions" in beliefs.
"England" by Frank Fox
Walls covered with moss were attached to the tower.
"Annouchka" by Ivan Sergheievitch Turgenef
The inside walls are lined with moss, and the outer walls are covered with thatch.
"Little Greta of Denmark" by Bernadine Bailey

In poetry:

"Then let us trust our waterfall
Still flashes down its rocky wall,
With rainbow crescent curved across
Its sunlit spray from moss to moss.
"The Seeking Of The Waterfall" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh, friend of mine, to one whose eyes
Are vexed because of alien things,
For ever in the wall moss lies
The peace of hills and hidden springs.
"Moss on a Wall" by Henry Kendall
The mute bird sitting on the stone,
The dank moss dripping from the wall,
The garden walk with weeds o'ergrown,
I love them--how I love them all!
"Holyday" by Emily Jane Bronte
A small thatched cottage, moss grown old,
A low-browed, weather-beaten door,
Two windows small, that dimly light
The dusky walls and earthen floor.
"Pictures of Memory" by Janet Hamilton
The mute bird sitting on the stone,
The dank moss dripping from the wall,
The thorn-trees gaunt, the walks o'er grown,
I love them, how I love them all!
"A little while, a little while" by Emily Jane Bronte
Pan came out of the woods one day,—
His skin and his hair and his eyes were gray,
The gray of the moss of walls were they,—
And stood in the sun and looked his fill
At wooded valley and wooded hill.
"Pan With Us" by Robert Frost