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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) the common so-called long moss of the southern United States. See Tillandsia.
- n. See under Black, and Tillandsia.
- 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
“I never saw anything like it before, I could have told at once that it was the swamp, instead of gigantic trees, clear of undergrowth, that we saw in the La Fourche, the growth was thick and matted with vines, everything was green except the trunks of the trees, which in some places were covered with vines but were generally marked with fine black moss defining clearly the height of the overflow, everything was rank luxuriance and looked more so under the damp murky clouds which hid the sky from our view, and”
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