moss

moss
moss (n.) O.E. meos "moss," related to mos "bog," from P.Gmc. *musan (Cf. O.H.G. mios, Dan. mos, Ger. Moos), also in part from O.N. mosi "moss, bog," and M.L. mossa "moss," from the same Germanic source, from PIE *meus- "damp," with derivatives referring to swamps and swamp vegetation (Cf. L. muscus "moss," Lith. musai "mold, mildew," O.C.S. muchu "moss"). All the Germanic languages have the word in both senses, which is natural since moss is the characteristic plant of boggy places. It is impossible to say which sense is original.
Selden Moseþ þe Marbelston þat men ofte treden. ["Piers Plowman," 1362]
Scott (1805) revived 17c. moss-trooper "freebooter infesting Scottish border marshes."

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