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dulse

[duhls] /dʌls/
noun
1.
a coarse, edible, red seaweed, Rhodymenia palmata.
Origin of dulse
1540-1550
1540-50; Scots dial. < Scots Gaelic duileasg (by syncope, as in Scots, etc.)
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Examples from the Web for dulse
Historical Examples
  • Rhodymenia palmata (dulse) is an article of food in Ireland and Scotland.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • It is dulse and drift coming to the surface when the storm of the day is over.

  • Among the dark-coloured is Rhodomenia palmata, better known as dulse, a common and edible species.

  • The seaweeds Rhodymenia palmata (dulse) and Desmarestia are plentiful; also beautiful worms, crustaceans, and starfishes.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • So, there being nothing further to be done, I filled my pockets with the dulse that grows there, thin and sweet.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • They'll mind it a' their days—the flooers and the dulse for naething, and the grossets and the Gregory's mixture.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • Well, dulse is a purple stuffwhen you see a lot of it together, it looks as if a million toy-balloons had burst.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • The Indians here have quite a variety in the way of vegetable food in dulse, seaweed, and berries.

    Jack the Young Canoeman

    George Bird Grinnell
  • Maida contributed some dulse for the hair, slitting it into ribbons, which she stuck on with glue.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
British Dictionary definitions for dulse

dulse

/dʌls/
noun
1.
any of several seaweeds, esp Rhodymenia palmata, that occur on rocks and have large red edible fronds
Word Origin
C17: from Old Irish duilesc seaweed
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