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sea wrack

seaweed or a growth of seaweed, especially of the larger kinds cast up on the shore.
Origin of sea wrack
1540-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He sniffed the east wind, its wild smell of sea-wrack and approaching rain.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • Some sea-horses cling by their tails to gulfweed or sea-wrack.

  • Flowers, feathers and silk remnants were flowing like sea-wrack into every room.

  • The cats thrummed by the fires, and the smell of the sea-wrack came in beside them.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • These little crustaceans exist in countless numbers under the masses of sea-wrack on the beach.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • It was low tide in the two bays, and the town was smelling less of peat-reek than of sea-wrack and saltness.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • It exposed to view all its shingles, with a prairie of sea-wrack as far as the edge of the waves.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
  • The surf, too, was much discolored with sea-wrack and the nameless rubbish it is always turning over and over.

  • A name for the sea-wrack (Zostera marina); it is thrown ashore by the sea in large quantities.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The sea-wrack was banked up in the darkness behind, and between two stones at the mouth there were the remains of a recent fire.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for sea-wrack

sea wrack

any of various seaweeds found on the shore, esp any of the larger species
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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