from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Land that consists chiefly of peat-bop; peat-moss.
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Yet there is physical evidence of what was once here: masses of trees but just buried, grass lying mown in swathes beneath the moss-land, the implements of men where now no men can live, the great buried causeway running right across from east to west.
And over the stones the water was laughing, and the strip of green moss-land flashed in the sun.
The ground in the yard and about the barn was so dry that I could find no angle worms, and I decided to dig in the damp moss-land near the spring.
Yes, I must have the house and the path and the spring and the strip of moss-land that lies along the branch.
Aiton, (who wrote in 1811,) says -- "Until of late, the proprietors and possessors of moss-land were ignorant of its value as a cultivated soil, and contented themselves with the pasture it yielded and the game it produced.