\\ˈsfagnəs\ adjective
Etymology: New Latin Sphagnum + English -ous
1. : being or made up of mosses of the genus Sphagnum

a heavy sphagnous growth

sphagnous plants

2. : abounding in peat sphagnum

a sphagnous bog

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  • Sphagnous — Sphag nous, a. (Bot.) Pertaining to moss of the genus {Sphagnum}, or bog moss; abounding in peat or bog moss. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sphagnous — adjective Date: circa 1828 of, relating to, or abounding in sphagnum …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sphagnous — /sfag neuhs/, adj. pertaining to, abounding in, or consisting of sphagnum. [1820 30; SPHAGN(UM) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • sphagnous — adjective Pertaining to, or consisting of sphagnum …   Wiktionary

  • sphagnous — sphag·nous …   English syllables

  • sphagnous — /ˈsfægnəs/ (say sfagnuhs) adjective relating to, producing, or consisting of sphagnum …  

  • sphagnum —   n. (pl. na) peat or bog moss.    ♦ sphagnicolous, a. growing in this.    ♦ sphagnology, n. study of this.    ♦ sphagnous, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • sphagnum — [sfag′nəm] n. [ModL < Gr sphagnos, kind of moss] 1. any of a genus (Sphagnum) of highly absorbent, spongelike, grayish peat mosses found in bogs 2. a mass of such peat mosses, used to improve soil, to pack and pot plants, etc. sphagnous… …   English World dictionary

  • balsam bog — noun 1. : a plant (Azorella glebaria) of the Falkland islands and Patagonia that belongs to the carrot family, forms dense woody hillocks often several feet in height, and yields a gum used as a folk remedy 2. : a usually sphagnous bog in… …   Useful english dictionary

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