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 for Spanish moss
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spanish \Span"ish\, a.
     Of or pertaining to Spain or the Spaniards.
     [1913 Webster]
     Spanish bayonet (Bot.), a liliaceous plant ({Yucca
        alorifolia) with rigid spine-tipped leaves. The name is
        also applied to other similar plants of the Southwestern
        United States and mexico. Called also Spanish daggers.
     Spanish bean (Bot.) See the Note under Bean.
     Spanish black, a black pigment obtained by charring cork.
     Spanish broom (Bot.), a leguminous shrub ({Spartium
        junceum) having many green flexible rushlike twigs.
     Spanish brown, a species of earth used in painting, having
        a dark reddish brown color, due to the presence of
        sesquioxide of iron.
     Spanish+buckeye+(Bot.),+a+small+tree+({Ungnadia+speciosa">Spanish buckeye (Bot.), a small tree ({Ungnadia speciosa)
        of Texas, New Mexico, etc., related to the buckeye, but
        having pinnate leaves and a three-seeded fruit.
     Spanish burton (Naut.), a purchase composed of two single
        blocks. A
     double Spanish burton has one double and two single blocks.
        --Luce (Textbook of Seamanship).
     Spanish chalk (Min.), a kind of steatite; -- so called
        because obtained from Aragon in Spain.
     Spanish cress (Bot.), a cruciferous plant ({Lepidium
        Cadamines), a species of peppergrass.
     Spanish curlew (Zool.), the long-billed curlew. [U.S.]
     Spanish daggers (Bot.) See Spanish bayonet.
     Spanish elm (Bot.), a large West Indian tree ({Cordia
        Gerascanthus) furnishing hard and useful timber.
     Spanish feretto, a rich reddish brown pigment obtained by
        calcining copper and sulphur together in closed crucibles.
     Spanish flag (Zool.), the California rockfish
        ({Sebastichthys rubrivinctus). It is conspicuously
        colored with bands of red and white.
     Spanish fly (Zool.), a brilliant green beetle, common in
        the south of Europe, used for raising blisters. See
        Blister beetle under Blister, and Cantharis.
     Spanish fox (Naut.), a yarn twisted against its lay.
     Spanish grass. (Bot.) See Esparto.
     Spanish juice (Bot.), licorice.
     Spanish leather. See Cordwain.
     Spanish mackerel. (Zool.)
     (a) A species of mackerel ({Scomber colias) found both in
         Europe and America. In America called chub mackerel,
         big-eyed mackerel, and bull mackerel.
     (b) In the United States, a handsome mackerel having bright
         yellow round spots ({Scomberomorus maculatus), highly
         esteemed as a food fish. The name is sometimes
         erroneously applied to other species. See Illust. under
     Spanish main, the name formerly given to the southern
        portion of the Caribbean Sea, together with the contiguous
        coast, embracing the route traversed by Spanish treasure
        ships from the New to the Old World.
     Spanish moss. (Bot.) See Tillandsia (and note at that
     Spanish needles (Bot.), a composite weed ({Bidens
        bipinnata) having achenia armed with needlelike awns.
     Spanish+nut+(Bot.),+a+bulbous+plant+({Iris+Sisyrinchium">Spanish nut (Bot.), a bulbous plant ({Iris Sisyrinchium)
        of the south of Europe.
     Spanish potato (Bot.), the sweet potato. See under
     Spanish red, an ocherous red pigment resembling Venetian
        red, but slightly yellower and warmer. --Fairholt.
     Spanish reef (Naut.), a knot tied in the head of a
        jib-headed sail.
     Spanish sheep (Zool.), a merino.
     Spanish white, an impalpable powder prepared from chalk by
        pulverizing and repeated washings, -- used as a white
     Spanish windlass (Naut.), a wooden roller, with a rope
        wound about it, into which a marline spike is thrust to
        serve as a lever.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moss \Moss\ (m[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. mos; akin to AS. me['o]s, D.
     mos, G. moos, OHG. mos, mios, Icel. mosi, Dan. mos, Sw.
     mossa, Russ. mokh', L. muscus. Cf. Muscoid.]
     1. (Bot.) A cryptogamous plant of a cellular structure, with
        distinct stem and simple leaves. The fruit is a small
        capsule usually opening by an apical lid, and so
        discharging the spores. There are many species,
        collectively termed Musci, growing on the earth, on rocks,
        and trunks of trees, etc., and a few in running water.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: The term moss is also popularly applied to many other
           small cryptogamic plants, particularly lichens, species
           of which are called tree moss, rock moss, coral moss,
           etc. Fir moss and club moss are of the genus
           Lycopodium. See Club moss, under Club, and
           [1913 Webster]
     2. A bog; a morass; a place containing peat; as, the mosses
        of the Scottish border.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: Moss is used with participles in the composition of
           words which need no special explanation; as,
           moss-capped, moss-clad, moss-covered, moss-grown, etc.
           [1913 Webster]
     Black moss. See under Black, and Tillandsia.
     Bog moss. See Sphagnum.
     Feather moss, any moss branched in a feathery manner, esp.
        several species of the genus Hypnum.
     Florida moss, Long moss, or Spanish moss. See
     Iceland moss, a lichen. See Iceland Moss.
     Irish moss, a seaweed. See Carrageen.
     Moss agate (Min.), a variety of agate, containing brown,
        black, or green mosslike or dendritic markings, due in
        part to oxide of manganese. Called also Mocha stone.
     Moss animal (Zool.), a bryozoan.
     Moss berry (Bot.), the small cranberry ({Vaccinium
     Moss campion (Bot.), a kind of mosslike catchfly ({Silene
        acaulis), with mostly purplish flowers, found on the
        highest mountains of Europe and America, and within the
        Arctic circle.
     Moss land, land produced accumulation of aquatic plants,
        forming peat bogs of more or less consistency, as the
        water is grained off or retained in its pores.
     Moss pink (Bot.), a plant of the genus Phlox ({Phlox
        subulata), growing in patches on dry rocky hills in the
        Middle United States, and often cultivated for its
        handsome flowers. --Gray.
     Moss rose (Bot.), a variety of rose having a mosslike
        growth on the stalk and calyx. It is said to be derived
        from the Provence rose.
     Moss rush (Bot.), a rush of the genus Juncus ({Juncus
     Scale moss. See Hepatica.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tillandsia \Til*land"si*a\, n. [NL., after Prof. Tillands, of
     Abo, in Finland.] (Bot.)
     An immense genus of epiphytic bromeliaceous plants confined
     to tropical and subtropical America. They usually bear a
     rosette of narrow overlapping basal leaves, which often hold
     a considerable quantity of water. The spicate or paniculate
     flowers have free perianth segments, and are often subtended
     by colored bracts. Also, a plant of this genus.
     Note: Tillandsia usneoides, called Spanish moss, long
           moss, black moss, and Florida moss, has a very
           slender pendulous branching stem, and forms great
           hanging tufts on the branches of trees in the
           Southeastern United States and south to Argentina. It
           is often used for stuffing mattresses
           [1913 Webster + Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Air plant \Air" plant`\ (Bot.)
     A plant deriving its sustenance from the air alone; an
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: The "Florida moss" ({Tillandsia, many tropical
           orchids, and most mosses and lichens are air plants.
           Those which are lodged upon trees, but not parasitic on
           them, such as the Spanish moss Tillandsia
           usneoides), are epiphytes.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Spanish moss
      n 1: dense festoons of greenish-grey hairlike flexuous strands
           anchored to tree trunks and branches by sparse wiry roots;
           southeastern United States and West Indies to South America
           [syn: Spanish moss, old man's beard, black moss,
           long moss, Tillandsia usneoides]

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