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[maw-see, mos-ee] /ˈmɔ si, ˈmɒs i/
adjective, mossier, mossiest.
overgrown with or abounding in moss:
a mossy stone.
covered with a mosslike growth.
appearing as if covered with moss.
resembling moss:
a mossy softness.
old or outdated; antiquated:
mossy ideas.
Origin of mossy
1540-50; moss + -y1
Related forms
mossiness, noun
unmossy, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Under their canopies grow mossy meadows of wildflowers, including buttercups and star- shaped blue camas.
  • Albeit a big, open sky, mossy one with a lot of trees.
  • And on this particular overcast night, with rain dropping from a mossy sky, it's tough to see a thing.
  • Or simply enjoy the view of blue water backed by mossy, green trees.
  • Today, the mossy rain-fed ground cover glows chartreuse in the low light.
  • Pavement ends abruptly in water, bayous reach toward roadsides, and mossy crypts tumble into bays.
  • He weaves his way through all the cars, big eight-grand jobs, and walks up mossy sandstone steps to the door.
  • The hiking is generally easy, often with boardwalks that span mossy bogs.
  • mossy bogs provide good nesting grounds for dunlins, small wading birds, and golden plovers.
  • Land-dwelling dinosaurs that lived on its tip inhabited a forested, mossy landscape of rolling hills and violent volcanoes.
Word Origin and History for mossy

1560s, from moss + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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