from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various mosses of the genus Sphagnum, growing in very wet places.
  • n. The partly carbonized remains of these plants, used as a mulch and plant food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A common name of sphagnum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Moss of the genus Sphagnum, which often grows abundantly in boggy or peaty places.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Moss entering into the composition of or producing peat; moss of the genus Sphagnum.
  • n. A peat-bog or swamp: a name frequently given in Great Britain to those accumulations of peaty matter which in the United States are commonly known as peat-bogs.

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


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  • Another name for decayed, compacted Sphagnum moss, called peat moss, due to its prevalence in peat bogs and mires.

    Peat moss can be used as a soil additive which increases the soil's capacity to hold water. This is often necessary when dealing with very sandy soil, or plants that need an increased moisture content to flourish.


    February 5, 2008