from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Peat derived chiefly from moss, as distinguished from that derived from other plants, such as wild rice, etc. See peat.
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The latter was originally applied to fibrous moss-peat, but has since been adapted to all kinds.
It was built of moss-peat, being no less than five feet ten inches in length, four feet nine inches wide, and two feet deep.
As the wind still continued to blow strong from the northward on the morning of the 6th, without any appearance of opening a passage for us past Cape Hearne, I took the opportunity of sending all our boats from both ships at eight A.M., to bring on board a quantity of moss-peat which our gentlemen reported having found near a small lake at no great distance from the sea, and which I directed to be substituted for part of our usual allowance of coals.