Definition of Sphagnum moss
1. Noun. Any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum whose decomposed remains form peat.
Generic synonyms: Moss
Group relationships: Genus Sphagnum
Medical Definition of Sphagnum moss
1. A highly absorbent moss used as a substitute for absorbent cotton or gauze in surgical dressing and sanitary napkins. Synonym: muskeag moss, peat moss. (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Sphagnum moss
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1. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1915)
"The deep-rooting kinds require a compost of two parts loam, one part leaf-mold, one part peat, one part sand, one part sphagnum moss, one-half part broken ..."
2. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"These cells therefore perform the function of root-hairs, and it is this abundant water-storage tissue that makes sphagnum moss of so much use to gardeners ..."
3. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania by Royal Society of Tasmania (1882)
"Law and Somner, nurserymen, etc., Melbourne, two bags sphagnum moss. Time of leafing, flowering, and fruiting of a few standard plants in the Royal ..."
4. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"Unless one has an ideal position in which to keep sphagnum moss after gathering it from its native place, or unless one has conditions very similar to its ..."
5. Potash in the Greensands of New Jersey by George Rogers Mansfield (1922)
"AREAS OF sphagnum moss. sphagnum moss grows in low, undrained regions where the ... The largest areas of high-grade sphagnum moss in this country are in ..."
6. The Nation at War by James Augustin Brown Scherer (1918)
"An interesting example of this is found in the treatment of sphagnum moss, to which all of the women students are required to give two hours weekly- The sea ..."