Iceland moss


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Iceland moss

n.
A brittle, grayish-brown lichen (Cetraria islandica) of Arctic and alpine regions, sometimes used as a food or in medicine.

Iceland moss

n
(Plants) a lichen, Cetraria islandica, of arctic regions and N Europe, with brownish edible fronds

Ice′land moss′


n.
an edible lichen, Cetraria islandica, of arctic regions.
[1795–1805]
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Noun1.Iceland moss - lichen with branched flattened partly erect thallus that grows in mountainous and Arctic regionsIceland moss - lichen with branched flattened partly erect thallus that grows in mountainous and Arctic regions; used as a medicine or food for humans and livestock; a source of glycerol
lichen - any thallophytic plant of the division Lichenes; occur as crusty patches or bushy growths on tree trunks or rocks or bare ground etc.
Cetraria, genus Cetraria - foliose lichens chiefly of northern latitudes
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