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


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