Peat moss

Peat moss
Peat Peat, n. [Prob. for beat, prop., material used to make the fire burn better, fr. AS. b?tan to better, mend (a fire), b?t advantage. See {Better}, {Boot} advantage.] A substance of vegetable origin, consisting of roots and fibers, moss, etc., in various stages of decomposition, and found, as a kind of turf or bog, usually in low situations, where it is always more or less saturated with water. It is often dried and used for fuel. [1913 Webster]

{Peat bog}, a bog containing peat; also, peat as it occurs in such places; peat moss.

{Peat moss}. (a) The plants which, when decomposed, become peat. (b) A fen producing peat. (c) (Bot.) Moss of the genus {Sphagnum}, which often grows abundantly in boggy or peaty places.

{Peat reek}, the reek or smoke of peat; hence, also, the peculiar flavor given to whisky by being distilled with peat as fuel. [Scot.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • peat moss — peat′ moss n. 1) pln any moss, esp. of the genus Sphagnum, from which peat may form 2) such moss when dried, used chiefly as a mulch or seedbed • Etymology: 1870–80; cf. ME petemos (in place name) peat bog …   From formal English to slang

  • peat moss — n. 1. any moss which forms peat, esp. sphagnum 2. any peat composed of residues of mosses, used chiefly as mulch 3. [Brit. Dial.] a peat bog …   English World dictionary

  • peat moss — noun any of various pale or ashy mosses of the genus Sphagnum whose decomposed remains form peat • Syn: ↑sphagnum, ↑sphagnum moss, ↑bog moss • Hypernyms: ↑moss • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Sphagnum * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • peat moss — 1. Also called bog moss. any moss, esp. of the genus Sphagnum, from which peat may form. 2. such moss after it has been dried, used chiefly as a mulch or seedbed, for acidification. [1225 75 for earlier sense; 1870 80 for def. 1; ME petemos (in… …   Universalium

  • peat moss — kiminas statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Kimininių šeimos (Sphagnaceae) lapuotųjų samanų gentis (Sphagnum). Skiriama peat moss 320 rūšių. Paplitę vidutinio ir šaltojo klimato srityse. Auga tundroje, pelkėse, pelkėtuose… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • peat moss bog — samaninė pelkė statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Pelkė, kurioje vyrauja samanos, retai auga nuskurdusios žemaūgės pušys, beržai. atitikmenys: angl. peat moss bog; sphagnum bog vok. Sphagnummoor, n; Torfmoosmoor, n; Weiβmoor, n …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • peat moss — /ˈpit mɒs/ (say peet mos) noun 1. any moss from which peat has formed or may form, as sphagnum, and used as a basis for potting mixtures. 2. → peat bog …   Australian-English dictionary

  • peat moss — noun 1》 a large absorbent moss which grows in dense masses on boggy ground. [Genus Sphagnum.] 2》 a peat bog …   English new terms dictionary

  • peat moss — The form in which peat is sold and used as a ground cover …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • peat moss —   Partially decomposed sphagnum moss, often added to soil to increase moisture retention; medium of choice for the ‘baggie method’ of cycad seed germination …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

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