Found 2 items, similar to Moss animal.
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Definition: moss animal
n : sessile aquatic animal forming mosslike colonies of small
polyps each having a curved or circular ridge bearing
tentacles; attach to stones or seaweed and reproduce by
budding [syn: bryozoan
, sea mat
, sea moss
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Definition: Moss animal
(m[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. mos; akin to AS. me['o]s, D.
mos, G. moos, OHG. mos, mios, Icel. mosi, Dan. mos, Sw.
mossa, Russ. mokh', L. muscus. Cf. Muscoid
1. (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.
Note: The term moss is also popularly applied to many other
small cryptogamic plants, particularly lichens, species
of which are called tree moss, rock moss, coral moss,
etc. Fir moss and club moss are of the genus
. See Club moss
, under Club
2. A bog; a morass; a place containing peat; as, the mosses
of the Scottish border.
Note: Moss is used with participles in the composition of
words which need no special explanation; as,
moss-capped, moss-clad, moss-covered, moss-grown, etc.
. See under Black
, and Tillandsia
. See Sphagnum
, any moss branched in a feathery manner, esp.
several species of the genus Hypnum
, Long moss
, or Spanish moss
, a lichen. See Iceland Moss
, a seaweed. See Carrageen
(Min.), a variety of agate, containing brown,
black, or green mosslike or dendritic markings, due in
part to oxide of manganese. Called also Mocha stone
(Zo["o]l.), a bryozoan.
(Bot.), the small cranberry (Vaccinium Oxycoccus
(Bot.), a kind of mosslike catchfly (Silene acaulis
), with mostly purplish flowers, found on the
highest mountains of Europe and America, and within the
, land produced accumulation of aquatic plants,
forming peat bogs of more or less consistency, as the
water is grained off or retained in its pores.
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Phlox
), growing in patches on dry rocky hills in the
Middle United States, and often cultivated for its
handsome flowers. --Gray.
(Bot.), a variety of rose having a mosslike
growth on the stalk and calyx. It is said to be derived
from the Provence rose.
(Bot.), a rush of the genus Juncus
. See Hepatica