Moss etymology


English word moss comes from Proto-Indo-European *meus-, Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d-, and later Proto-Germanic *musą (Moss, bog.)

Etymology of moss

Detailed word origin of moss

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*meus- Proto-Indo-European (ine) moss
*meh₂d- Proto-Indo-European (ine) wet, liquid, fat, dripping*mōsą, wet, fat, dripping
*musą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Moss, bog.
*mōsą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Food, victuals. Wet food, mush, porridge.
mos Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Moss.
mos Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Moss Food, nourishment, victuals.
mos Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Food, nourishment, victuals.
mos Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
moss English (en) (intransitive) To become covered with moss.. (transitive) To cover (something) with moss. (countable) A kind or species of such plants.. (informal) Any alga, lichen, bryophyte, or other plant of seemingly simple structure.. (now, _, chiefly, _, UK, _, regional) A bog; a fen.. Any of various small, green, seedless plants growing on the ground or on the surfaces of trees, stones, etc.; now [...]

Words with the same origin as moss

Descendants of *meus-

mosquito mouse mush mushroom mushy must

Descendants of *meh₂d-

meat meet moose