Moor, Wetland

Area of origin

NW England

Area of use

NW England

An open expanse of moorland generally between two places of habitation. You can cycle ‘over the moss’ between Keighley and Colne.
The moorland between Yorkshire and Lancashire in the South Pennines is Holme Moss.
Alternatively, it is an area of low-lying wetland such as Carrington Moss and Chat Moss around Manchester.
The vegetation and base are more-or-less the same. Scrub grass and heather (ling) overlying a peat base up to (say) 2oft deep. [D.A.]


Middle English, Old English mos [D.A.]

Middle English mos, a bog, moss ; from Old English a swamp, akin to Old Norse mosi, German moos, a bog, moss ; from Indo-European an unverified form meus- (from source Classical Latin muscus, moss) ; from base an unverified form meu-, moist [K.B.]

Example locations

  • Holme Moss
  • Chat Moss

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Entry contributors:

Derek Angelis, Kevin Brown