• WordNet 3.6
    • n sphagnum any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum whose decomposed remains form peat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sphagnum (Bot) A genus of mosses having white leaves slightly tinged with red or green and found growing in marshy places; bog moss; peat moss.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sphagnum A genus of mosses, the peat- or bog-mosses, the only representative of the order Sphagnaceæ. For characters, see Sphagnaceæ. The plants of this genus are widely diffused over the temperate parts of the globe, and enter largely into the composition of peat. There are about 25 North American species and many varieties or forms, about the validity of which the best authorities differ widely. The most divergent forms may be distinguished by well-marked characters, but these seem to merge into one another by a complete series of connecting links. See peat, peat.-moss, Bryaceæ.
    • n sphagnum A mass or quantity of moss of this genus: often used attributively; as, sphagnum moss; a sphagnum. bog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sphagnum sfag′num a genus of mosses—peat or bog-moss, belonging to the order Sphagnaceæ
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr/ Gr. a kind of moss
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sphagnos, moss.


In literature:

A mixture of peat and chopped sphagnum is what it likes.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
Stone, broken pot, sphagnum moss, or hay will do for this.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
Are not you mistaken about the Sphagnum?
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by James Marchant
Then put them all in, the short-rooted ones in the sphagnum only, the others through into the peat.
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences Vol 2 (of 2)" by James Marchant
Another way to grow it is in pots, when exactly the required kind of compost can easily be given, viz., peat and chopped sphagnum.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
DR. SMITH: Did you try sphagnum moss?
"Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
In the other experiment the cuttings were placed in sand without sphagnum in a greenhouse at a temperature ordinarily of 50 deg.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
In placing grafted walnuts in sphagnum or sand they should not stay wet or the buds will die.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
"Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel" by Samuel William Johnson
The Sphagnum moss will be seen at the base of the upright plant.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Mr. Arnold, therefore, was provided with some sacks of Sphagnum moss in which to stow his finds.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
The nest was merely a concavity in sphagnum moss depressed by the weight of the bird.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
The two men "hopped" the broad expanse of Patch Dam heath, springing from tussock to tussock of the sphagnum moss.
"King Spruce, A Novel" by Holman Day
I bade Joe lay more dry wood on the fire and kick it well, for the sphagnum moss still dulled it.
"The Little Red Foot" by Robert W. Chambers
In August the ground was very wet, there being standing water in some places, and the ground was heavily covered with sphagnum.
"Notes on the Mammals of Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties, Michigan, 1920" by L. R. Dice
He picked his way daintily over the wide beds of moist sphagnum, making no more sound as he went than if his feet had been of thistledown.
"Hoof and Claw" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Was the water showing at your feet between miniature cliffs of sphagnum moss salt or fresh?
"In the Tideway" by Flora Annie Steel
Rainier, Washington, and Dice (1932:49) found them in deciduous forest and in open, grassy, or sphagnum bogs.
"North American Jumping Mice (Genus Zapus)" by Philip H. Krutzsch
To-day I walked for miles and miles through stretches of low, gleaming pines and past pools set in golden sphagnum moss.
"Everyday Adventures" by Samuel Scoville
A moment later the vegetation trembles, the thick masses of sphagnum moss bulge out like clouds, a storm rises on the bottom.
"Grim: The Story of a Pike" by Svend Fleuron

In news:

The University of Florida's Kimberly Moore shares how a coir product performed in trials compared to standard-blended sphagnum.
The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association released a statement Friday indicating the peat harvest in Eastern Canada will be 15 to 30 percent of historically targeted requirements.
Sphagnum, Bark Both Have Place As Medium.
Westerlay Orchids' president responds to research Rocket Farms conducted comparing sphagnum peat moss and bark as a growing medium for phalaenopsis orchids.
The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), whose members represent 95 percent of North American peat production, has announced harvests are critically low for 2008 due to wet weather.
Sphagnum , Bark Both Have Place As Medium.
Boxwood tips being inserted into sphagnum moss wrapped in the wreath frame.
Resources Wire wreaths , sphagnum moss, and pre-stuffed wreaths can be purchased at www.topiaryartworks.com.

In science:

To keep things interesting, we will give his assistant, Sphagnum, the option of inserting a ball into Magnus’ pattern whenever Magnus has a wait.
Juggling probabilities
Solid arrows are regular throws; dashed are drops; dotted are insertions by Sphagnum.
Juggling probabilities
Here, you should envision Magnus (possibly with the help of Sphagnum) throwing to any height (≤ h) at random, regardless of whether or not a ball has just landed.
Juggling probabilities