from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum, the decomposed remains of which form peat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various widely distributed mosses, of the genus Sphagnum, which slowly decompose to form peat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of mosses having white leaves slightly tinged with red or green and found growing in marshy places; bog moss; peat moss.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of mosses, the peat- or bog-mosses, the only representative of the order Sphagnaceæ. For characters, see Sphagnaceæ.
- n. A mass or quantity of moss of this genus: often used attributively; as, sphagnum moss; a sphagnum. bog.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum whose decomposed remains form peat
New Latin, from Latin sphagnos, a kind of moss, from Greek, a kind of shrub.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)