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seaweed

[see-weed] /ˈsiˌwid/
noun
1.
any plant or plants growing in the ocean.
2.
a marine alga.
Origin of seaweed
1570-1580
1570-80; sea + weed1
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  • Ferrier saw an object like a mass of seaweed, but the night was so pitchy that no outline could be made out.

    A Dream of the North Sea James Runciman
  • Nearly every dash of foam brought with it biting bits of seaweed now.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Joy sparkles on every pebble; Art spreads its welcome arms through every spray of seaweed.

  • As a last resort this seaweed is edible, at any rate certain species of it.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • No remains of plants have been found in Cambrian strata, except some doubtful markings, as of seaweed.

    The Elements of Geology William Harmon Norton
  • Ahead of them the seaweed stretched, apparently all the way to the schooner.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • The river at Cloisterham is sufficiently near the sea to throw up oftentimes a quantity of seaweed.

    The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens
  • The fire had burned until it reached this seaweed and then had gone no further.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Chauncy was now sincerely anxious to win the laurels of the day, the arrival of the seaweed Townies having toned up the market.

    Fighting the Sea Edward A. Rand
British Dictionary definitions for seaweed

seaweed

/ˈsiːˌwiːd/
noun
1.
any of numerous multicellular marine algae that grow on the seashore, in salt marshes, in brackish water, or submerged in the ocean
2.
any of certain other plants that grow in or close to the sea
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Word Origin and History for seaweed
n.

1570s, from sea + weed (n.). An Old English word for it was sæwar.

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seaweed in Science
seaweed
  (sē'wēd')   

Any of various red, green, or brown algae that live in ocean waters. Some species of seaweed are free-floating, while others are attached to the ocean bottom. Seaweed range from the size of a pinhead to having large fronds (such as those of many kelps) that can be as much as 30.5 m (100 ft) in length. Certain species are used for food (such as nori) and fertilizer, and others are harvested for carrageenan and other substances used as thickening, stabilizing, emulsifying, or suspending agents in industrial, pharmaceutical, and food products. Seaweed is also a natural source of the element iodine, which is otherwise found only in very small amounts. See more at brown alga, green alga, red alga.

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