Spanish moss


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Spanish moss

n.
A bromeliad plant (Tillandsia usneoides) that is epiphytic on trees from the southern United States to Argentina, having greenish-gray stems and leaves that droop in long matted clusters.

Spanish moss

n
1. (Plants) an epiphytic bromeliaceous plant, Tillandsia usneoides, growing in tropical and subtropical regions as long bluish-grey strands suspended from the branches of trees
2. (Plants) a tropical lichen, Usnea longissima, growing as long trailing green threads from the branches of trees
Also called: long moss

Span′ish moss′


n.
an epiphytic plant, Tillandsia usneoides, of the pineapple family, with narrow, drooping gray leaves, growing in long strands over trees, esp. in the southeastern U.S.
[1815–25, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Spanish moss - dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry rootsSpanish moss - dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots; southeastern United States and West Indies to South America
genus Tillandsia, Tillandsia - large genus of epiphytic or terrestrial sparse-rooting tropical plants usually forming dense clumps or pendant masses
aerophyte, air plant, epiphyte, epiphytic plant - plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it
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Spanish moss dropped from the gracefully bending limbs, and enormous creepers clambered in riotous profusion from the ground to the loftiest branch, falling in curving loops almost to the water's placid breast.
We begun to come to trees with Spanish moss on them, hanging down from the limbs like long, gray beards.
Spanish moss, looking more like lacy gray-green holiday tinsel than tropical vegetation, hangs in graceful fringes from the live oak trees that form canopies over the brick-paved streets and canals of Winter Park.
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Attached to the tails of Spanish moss (another kind of air plant) and draped over a branch, they become art.
The bride carried a fragrant bouquet of stargazer lilies, with touches of cotton and Spanish moss picked from the grounds of the plantation.
The decoration is Southern-oriented, scenic, oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.
Travel Oak trees draped with wispy Spanish moss soften the landscape.
The pale blue paper johnny hung on me like Spanish moss on a southern oak tree.
Jutting out into the Beaufort River, the mansion is practically surrounded by water the same way the house itself is surrounded by first and second story verandas, live oaks dripping with Spanish moss and the brilliant blooms of azaleas.
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