black moss definition

  • adjective:
    • the normal so-called long moss of the southern US. See Tillandsia.
  • noun:
    • view under Ebony, and Tillandsia.
    • The Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneoides, associated with the southern usa: so named through the black colored fibre that remains after the outer covering regarding the stem is removed. Its utilized as an alternative for horsehair in mattresses, etc.
    • dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry origins; southeastern usa and western Indies to South America

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