Definition of Spanish moss in English:

Share this entry

Spanish moss

Pronunciation: /ˈspaniSH môs/


A tropical American plant that grows as silvery-green festoons on trees, obtaining water and nutrients directly through its surface.
  • Tillandsia usneoides, family Bromeliaceae. See also air plant.
Example sentences
  • The island was covered with large oak trees draped in Spanish moss.
  • Now if we lived somewhere, say in Louisiana, the driveway would be surrounded by weeping willows and Spanish moss.
  • We kept brushing into low hanging Spanish moss and cypress limbs, and were having to duck and weave our way along.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Span·ish moss

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.