Definition of Sphagnum

1. Noun. Any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum whose decomposed remains form peat.

Exact synonyms: Bog Moss, Peat Moss, Sphagnum Moss
Generic synonyms: Moss
Group relationships: Genus Sphagnum

Definition of Sphagnum

1. n. A genus of mosses having white leaves slightly tinged with red or green and found growing in marshy places; bog moss; peat moss.

Definition of Sphagnum

1. Noun. Any of various widely distributed mosses, of the genus ''Sphagnum'', which slowly decompose to form peat. ¹

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Definition of Sphagnum

1. a grayish moss [n -S]

Medical Definition of Sphagnum

1. A genus of mosses having white leaves slightly tinged with red or green and found growing in marshy places; bog moss; peat moss. Origin: NL, fr/ Gr. A kind of moss. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sphagnum

sphaera recta
sphagnum (current term)
sphagnum moss

Literary usage of Sphagnum

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1. Plant Life of Alabama: An Account of the Distribution, Modes of Association by Charles Theodore Mohr (1901)
"Now Jersey to Michigan anil Canada. Europe. sphagnum recurvum ... Carolinian to Alleghenian area. Ontario. sphagnum medium ..."

2. On the Germination, Development, and Fructification of the Higher by Wilhelm Friedrich Benedict Hofmeister, Frederick Currey (1862)
"The very young leaves resemble the first rudiments of the leaves of sphagnum. But when the leaf is only five cells in height, the method of cell- ..."

3. Bulletin by United States Bureau of Plant Industry, Division of Plant Industry, Queensland (1911)
"If one end of a nearly dry branch of sphagnum is brought into contact with ... If the lower part of a cushion of sphagnum is in contact with free water the ..."

4. A Course of Practical Instruction in Botany by Frederick Orpen Bower (1891)
"Take a plant of any native species of sphagnum, and observe with the naked eye, or with a pocket lens— 1. The brown stem on which are inserted— 2. ..."

5. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States: Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown (1898)
"sphagnum bogs. District of Columbia and southern New Jersey to Florida, west to Texas. June-Sept. [Vol. i: p. 121.] 243. ..."

6. Organography of Plants, Especially of the Archegoniata and Spermaphyta by Karl Goebel, Isaac Bayley Balfour (1905)
"sphagnum. The species of sphagnum are well-known examples of plants from a wet station. I do not require to describe the structure of the leaf and the stem, ..."

7. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy by Royal Irish Academy (1891)
"Deer's Meadow: HWL Very rare ; new to Ireland. sphagnum cuspidatum ... sphagnum cuspidatum, tar. plumosum, Nees. Pools near summit of Camlough Mountain, ..."

8. Rhodora by New England Botanical Club (1908)
"SINCE my friend the late Edwin Faxon was one of the original members of the New England Botanical Club, it seems fitting that the sphagnum which I have ..."

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