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sphag·num

n 1  :  any of a large genus (Sphagnum, coextensive with the order Sphagnales) of atypical mosses that grow only in wet acid areas where their remains become compacted with other plant debris to form peat  2  :  a mass of dehydrated sphagnum plants used as a surgical dressing esp. during World War I .
 
 

 
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