sargasso

sargasso

[sahr-gas-oh]
noun, plural sargassos.
a gulfweed.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Portuguese, perhaps special use of sargaço rockrose < Latin salicastrum, equivalent to salic- (stem of salix) willow + -astrum, neuter of -aster -aster1

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sargasso or sargasso weed (sɑːˈɡæsəʊ)
 
n , pl -sos
gulfweed another name for sargassum
 
[C16: from Portuguese sargaço, of unknown origin]
 
sargasso weed or sargasso weed
 
n
 
[C16: from Portuguese sargaço, of unknown origin]

sargassum or sargasso (sɑːˈɡæsəm, sɑːˈɡæsəʊ)
 
n
any floating brown seaweed of the genus Sargassum, such as gulfweed, of warm seas, having ribbon-like fronds containing air sacs
 
[C18: from New Latin; see sargasso]
 
sargasso or sargasso
 
n
 
[C18: from New Latin; see sargasso]

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sargasso
"seaweed," 1598, from Port. sargasso "seaweed," perhaps from sarga, a type of grape (on this theory, the sea plant was so called from its berry-like air sacs), or from L. sargus, a kind of fish found in the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic, from Gk. sargos.
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