peat moss

peat moss
noun
any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum whose decomposed remains form peat
Syn: ↑sphagnum, ↑sphagnum moss, ↑bog moss
Hypernyms: ↑moss
Member Holonyms: ↑genus Sphagnum

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noun
1. : any moss from which peat has formed or may form; specifically : sphagnum
2. chiefly Britain : peat bog

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1. Also called bog moss. any moss, esp. of the genus Sphagnum, from which peat may form.
2. such moss after it has been dried, used chiefly as a mulch or seedbed, for acidification.
[1225-75 for earlier sense; 1870-80 for def. 1; ME petemos (in placename) peat bog]

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peat bank, peat bed, peat bog, peatˈland, peat moor or peat moss noun
1. A region, bog, moor, etc, covered with peat
2. A place from which peat is dug
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Main Entry:peat

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peat moss,
1. a kind of moss, such as sphagnum, from which peat has formed or may be formed. It is dried and added to garden and potting soil to keep it loose and retain moisture.
2. = peat bog. (Cf.peat bog)

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n.
1) a large absorbent moss that grows in dense masses on boggy ground, where the lower parts decay slowly to form peat deposits. Peat moss is widely used in horticulture, esp. for packing plants and (as peat) for compost. Also called , sphagnum. Genus Sphagnum, family Sphagnaceae: many species
2) a lowland peat bog

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noun [noncount]
chiefly US : a type of moss that usually grows on wet land and that is used by gardeners as a fertilizer, for growing plants in pots, etc. — called also sphagnum, sphagnum moss

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Peat moss — Peat Peat, n. [Prob. for beat, prop., material used to make the fire burn better, fr. AS. b?tan to better, mend (a fire), b?t advantage. See {Better}, {Boot} advantage.] A substance of vegetable origin, consisting of roots and fibers, moss, etc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peat moss — peat′ moss n. 1) pln any moss, esp. of the genus Sphagnum, from which peat may form 2) such moss when dried, used chiefly as a mulch or seedbed • Etymology: 1870–80; cf. ME petemos (in place name) peat bog …   From formal English to slang

  • peat moss — n. 1. any moss which forms peat, esp. sphagnum 2. any peat composed of residues of mosses, used chiefly as mulch 3. [Brit. Dial.] a peat bog …   English World dictionary

  • peat moss — 1. Also called bog moss. any moss, esp. of the genus Sphagnum, from which peat may form. 2. such moss after it has been dried, used chiefly as a mulch or seedbed, for acidification. [1225 75 for earlier sense; 1870 80 for def. 1; ME petemos (in… …   Universalium

  • peat moss — kiminas statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Kimininių šeimos (Sphagnaceae) lapuotųjų samanų gentis (Sphagnum). Skiriama peat moss 320 rūšių. Paplitę vidutinio ir šaltojo klimato srityse. Auga tundroje, pelkėse, pelkėtuose… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • peat moss — /ˈpit mɒs/ (say peet mos) noun 1. any moss from which peat has formed or may form, as sphagnum, and used as a basis for potting mixtures. 2. → peat bog …   Australian-English dictionary

  • peat moss — noun 1》 a large absorbent moss which grows in dense masses on boggy ground. [Genus Sphagnum.] 2》 a peat bog …   English new terms dictionary

  • peat moss — The form in which peat is sold and used as a ground cover …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • peat moss —   Partially decomposed sphagnum moss, often added to soil to increase moisture retention; medium of choice for the ‘baggie method’ of cycad seed germination …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

  • peat moss — noun Date: 1880 sphagnum …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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