Definition of sphagnum in English:


Line breaks: sphag|num
Pronunciation: /ˈsfagnəm


[mass noun]
  • A plant of a genus that comprises the peat mosses: [as modifier]: a sphagnum bog
    • Genus Sphagnum, family Sphagnaceae
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    • Rotted cow manure, compost, shredded sphagnum, granulated peat moss, sawdust and ground corncobs are some materials that may be worked thoroughly into the soil.
    • Most peat is made up of peat moss, or sphagnum, but it often includes other kinds of vegetation, such as trees and even animal remains.
    • Moss, specifically sphagnum, is the lifeblood of any bog.


mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek sphagnos, denoting a kind of moss.

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