any soft moss of the genus Sphagnum, occurring chiefly in bogs, used for potting and packing plants, for dressing wounds, etc.

1745–55; < Neo-Latin, alteration of Greek sphágnos a moss

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sphagnum (ˈsfæɡnəm)
peat moss, Also called: bog moss any moss of the genus Sphagnum, of temperate bogs, having leaves capable of holding much water: layers of these mosses decay to form peat
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek sphagnos a variety of moss]

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Word Origin & History

genus of mosses, 1741, Mod.L., from L. sphagnos, a kind of lichen, from Gk. sphagnos "a spiny shrub, a kind of moss," of unknown origin.
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sphagnum   (sfāg'nəm)  Pronunciation Key 
See peat moss.
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Example sentences
Sphagnum mosses often cover the top layer of bogs, and cranberries can be found
  growing in bogs.
Sphagnum planted directly on this substrate would dry completely and perish
  during the driest part of the year.
Sphagnum creates bogs by holding water and creating acidic conditions.
The nymphs are aquatic, living in soupy sphagnum pools and among aquatic
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