from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the common so-called long moss of the southern United States. See Tillandsia.
- n. See under Black, and Tillandsia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneoides, of the southern United States: so called from the black fiber that remains after the outer covering of the stem is removed. It is used as a substitute for horsehair in mattresses, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America
Sorry, no etymologies found.