moss

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English mos, from Old English mos (bog, marsh, moss), from Proto-Germanic *musą (marsh, moss), from Proto-Indo-European *mūs-, *meus- (moss). Cognate with Old High German mos (moss) (German Moos), Icelandic mosi, Danish mos, Swedish mossa, Latin muscus (moss).

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moss (countable and uncountable, plural mosses)

  1. Any of various small, green, seedless plants growing on the ground or on the surfaces of trees, stones, etc.; now specifically, a plant of the division Bryophyta (formerly Musci).
  2. (countable) A kind or species of such plants.
  3. (informal) Any alga, lichen, bryophyte, or other plant of seemingly simple structure.
    Spanish moss; Irish moss; club moss.
  4. (now chiefly UK regional) A bog; a fen.
    the mosses of the Scottish border

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  • The plural form mosses is used when more than one kind of moss is meant. The singular moss is used referring to a collection of moss plants of the same kind.

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moss (third-person singular simple present mosses, present participle mossing, simple past and past participle mossed)

  1. (intransitive) To become covered with moss.
    An oak whose boughs were mossed with age.
  2. (transitive) To cover (something) with moss.

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  • A New English dictionary on historical principles, Volume 6, Sir James Augustus Henry Murray, Sir William Alexander Craigie, Charles Talbut Onions, editors, Clarendon Press, 1908, pages 684-6

Hungarian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmoʃː/ (It is important to pronounce it with a long ʃː, otherwise it will sound like mos (to wash).)
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Verb[edit]

moss

  1. second-person singular subjunctive present indefinite of mos
    Moss fogat! - Brush your teeth!