One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A brown branching lichen with stiff spines along the margins of the fronds, growing in mountain and moorland habitats. It can be boiled to produce an edible jelly.
- ‘The two lichens of economic importance are Iceland moss, Cetraria islandica, and reindeer moss, Cladonia rangiferina.’
- ‘Since the 17th century, Iceland moss has been known in folk medicine under names such as lung moss or fever moss.’
- ‘In excessive doses or with prolonged use, Iceland moss can cause gastric irritation and liver problems.’
- ‘Reindeer moss and Iceland moss, both low, branching forms, provide food for large mammals and other animals in northern regions.’
- ‘On our moss-covered trails, mats of shrubby gray reindeer lichen and Iceland lichen are common.’
Iceland moss/ˈīslənd môs/
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