Definition of Iceland moss in English:

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Iceland moss

Pronunciation: /ˈīslənd môs/
(also Iceland lichen)


A brown, branching lichen with stiff spines along the margins of the fronds, growing in mountain and moorland habitats. It can be boiled to produce an edible jelly.
  • Cetraria islandica, order Parmeliales.
Example sentences
  • The two lichens of economic importance are Iceland moss, Cetraria islandica, and reindeer moss, Cladonia rangiferina.
  • On our moss-covered trails, mats of shrubby gray reindeer lichen and Iceland lichen are common.
  • In excessive doses or with prolonged use, Iceland moss can cause gastric irritation and liver problems.

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Syllabification: Ice·land moss

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