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sphagnum Syllabification: sphag·num
Pronunciation: /ˈsfaɡnəm/

Definition of sphagnum in English:


A plant of a genus that comprises the peat mosses.
  • Genus Sphagnum, family Sphagnaceae
Example sentences
  • 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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