Spanish moss

Spanish moss

noun
an epiphytic plant, Tillandsia usneoides, of the southern U.S., having narrow, grayish leaves and growing in long festoons that drape the branches of trees.

Origin:
1815–25, Americanism

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

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