• BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher
    BALD CYPRESS DRAPED WITH SPANISH "MOSS." This tree is almost entirely hidden by this "moss," which is really a flowering plant of the Pineapple family. Range: In swamps and along rivers from Delaware to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and southern Indiana. Photograph by G. Clyde Fisher
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n moss tiny leafy-stemmed flowerless plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the early days of modern theater, artificial lighting was produced by throwing pollen grains of the club moss which is highly flammable when placed on a hot surface onto a hot shovel.
    • Moss A bog; a morass; a place containing peat; as, the mosses of the Scottish border.
    • Moss (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.
    • v. t Moss To cover or overgrow with moss. "An oak whose boughs were mossed with age."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n moss A small herbaceous plant of the natural order Musci, with simple or branching stems and numerous generally narrow leaves: usually applied to a matted mass of such plants growing together; also, in popular use, any small cryptogamic plant, particularly a lichen: as, Iceland moss, club-moss, rock-moss, coral-moss, etc., and sometimes small matted phanerogams, as Pyxidanthera.
    • n moss Money: in allusion to the proverb, “a rolling stone gathers no moss.”
    • moss To cover with moss.
    • moss To become mossy; gather moss.
    • n moss A swamp or bog; specifically, a peatbog or a tract of such bogs; also, peat.
    • n moss An erroneous form of morse.
    • n moss The widow's-cross, Sedum pulchellum.
    • n moss The haircap-moss, Polytrichum juniperinum.
    • n moss Same as golden moss .
    • n moss Same as flowering moss .
    • moss To fill with moss, as the crevices between the logs in a logging-camp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Moss mos a family of flowerless plants with branching stems and narrow, simple leaves: popularly any small cryptogamic plant, esp. a lichen: a piece of ground covered with moss: a bog
    • v.t Moss to cover with moss
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  • Publilius Syrus
    “A rolling stone can gather no moss.”
  • John Burroughs
    “Travel and society polish one, but a rolling stone gathers no moss, and a little moss is a good thing on a man.”


A rolling stone gathers no moss - People say this to mean that an ambitious person is more successful than a person not trying to achieve anything. Originally it meant the opposite and was critical of people trying to get ahead.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Near by is the small cemetery, and the drooping moss from the oaks hangs in sombre beauty over the graves.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863" by Various
Moss is on the north side of tree-trunks.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
Moss has taken advantage of you.
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Nest a hollow in the moss on tundra lined with moss and down.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
It was of rose-colored gauze, ornamented with fine lace with a head-dress of lace and moss rosebuds.
"Old French Fairy Tales" by Comtesse de Ségur
Heavy tropical moss hung from the branches and trailed its green mat over the stones.
"Claire" by Leslie Burton Blades
I'd thought of having the Mosses to-morrow night, and this settles it.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
De bed a platform with planks and moss.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The mystery of Moss promised to be a fit pendant to the mystery of Pitman.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This species occurs more commonly on moss-tufts, with which it is frequently con-colorless, or escaped on dead leaves, etc.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride

In poetry:

He blew a note baith sharp and hie,
Till rock and water rang around—
Three score of moss-troopers and three
Have mounted at that bugle sound.
"The Reiver's Wedding" by Sir Walter Scott
Oh! lay me where my Rosa lies,
And love shall o'er the moss-crown'd bed,
When dew-drops leave the weeping skies,
His tenderest tear of pity shed.
"Rosa's Grave" by Thomas Gent
Britannia, when thy hearth's a-cold,
When o'er thy grave has grown the moss,
Still Rule Australia shall be trolled
In Islands of the Southern Cross!
"Ballade Of The Southern Cross" by Andrew Lang
Moss-grown, and venerable it stands,
From the way-side dust and noise aloof,
And the great elms stretch their sheltering hands
To bless its grey old roof.
"The Old Church on the Hill" by Kate Seymour Maclean
They twin'd their trembling hands across
Their trembling breasts against the drift,
Then sought some little mound of moss
Wherein to lay their precious gift.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Cover him well in his canvas shroud, and the moss
Part and heap again on his quiet breast,
What recks he now of gain, or love, or loss
Who for love gained rest?
"Night Burial In The Forest" by Duncan Campbell Scott

In news:

Michael Almereyda's This So-Called Disaster takes a tempestuous backstage look at Sam Shepard during the fall of 2000 as he directs his play The Late Henry Moss for its premiere performance in San Francisco.
Alonzo Keith Coleman Jr, 22, of Shadow Moss Court, was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon.
In Homer's District 8, incumbent Chris Moss is running unopposed.
Announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Schloss , to Benjamin Trevor Moss, son of Howard and Debbie Moss of Paducah.
"Dennis Moss and Katy Sorenson approached it from a populist point of view," he recalls.
With a history dating back to 1733, each perfectly preserved building, cobblestone street and giant oak draped with moss seems to tell a story of bygone times.
A Veterans Day poem Thanks to Deonne Parker of Moss Creek for sharing a poem for Veterans Day.
(R) The Otter 501 crew filmed on location, using the Big Sur coastline, Moss Landing's Elkhorn Slough and the waters off Asilomar State Beach.
Be prepared to hop into an ice cold shower after you get a load of Rihanna's spread with British superwaif Kate Moss in V Magazine.
Rihanna and Kate Moss Get Sensual for V Magazine.
MOSS POINT — One of Mississippi's oldest businesses is celebrating its 90-year anniversary this year.
The Mississippi Export Railroad Co. Headquartered in Moss Point, was launched in 1922, when the late Gregory Luce purchased and revamped the previously failed business.
Naomi Campbell To Be Kate Moss' Bridesmaid.

In science:

Zand in’t, J., Priedhorsky, W., Moss, C., et al. 1994, Proc.
Fast X-ray Transients and Their Connection to Gamma-Ray Bursts
Indeed, the concept of stochastic resonance (Gammaitoni 1998; Bulsara & Gammaitoni 1996), originally introduced in physics by R Benzi and coworkers in 1981, has also been found to be of relevance for understanding physiological systems (Moss, 2000).
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Moss, Supercooled phase transitions in the very early universe, Phys.
One-loop corrections to the curvature perturbation from inflation
Moss, Fluctuations in the inflationary universe, Nucl.
One-loop corrections to the curvature perturbation from inflation
In the commonly used code recfast (Seager, Sasselov & Scott 1999, 2000; Wong, Moss & Scott 2008) TM is set to TR until H tC reaches some predefined value, and the full equation (1) is switched on afterwards (typically at z ≃ 850).
Matter temperature after cosmological recombination