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Irish moss

noun
1.
a purplish-brown, cartilaginous seaweed, Chondrus crispus, of the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America.
Also called carrageen, carragheen.
Origin of Irish moss
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45
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  • There was none, but our gaze fell upon a bottle marked "Irish moss."

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British Dictionary definitions for Irish moss

Irish moss

noun
1.
another name for carrageen
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