from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any moss or lichen living on trees, especially a species of Usnea. See necklace-moss.
- n. A moss or lycopod having the form of a miniature tree. See mossand Lycopodium.
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The underfooting is spongy, the tree-moss drips and drips.
Most of the species have a curious buff-coloured spot on the back, rounded or oval in shape and often with a darker border, which seems placed there on purpose to make them conspicuous; and this was a great puzzle to naturalists, because the long coarse gray or greenish hair was evidently like tree-moss and therefore protective.
Long strings of silver-gray tree-moss hung dangling over their heads, the bark and roots of the birch and cedars were covered with a luxuriant growth of green moss, but there was a dampness and closeness in this place that made it far from wholesome.