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[duhls] /dʌls/
a coarse, edible, red seaweed, Rhodymenia palmata.
Origin of dulse
1540-50; Scots dial. < Scots Gaelic duileasg (by syncope, as in Scots, etc.) Unabridged
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  • 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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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