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sargassum

[sahr-gas-uh m] /sɑrˈgæs əm/
noun
1.
any seaweed of the genus Sargassum, widely distributed in the warmer waters of the globe, as S. bacciferum, the common gulfweed.
Origin of sargassum
1900-1905
From New Latin, dating back to 1900-05; See origin at sargasso
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  • I cannot admit the sargassum case to be parallel with that of Confervae or Oscillatoria.

  • Edward Forbes supposed that the sargassum or Gulf-weed represents the littoral sea-weeds of a now submerged continent.

  • sargassum is distinguished by its differentiation into stem and leaf, resembling in outward appearance the higher plants.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • The sargassum and the almonds of the stone-pine completed the repast, during which the engineer spoke little.

    The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
  • Sea-lentil is a name sometimes applied to the gulfweed sargassum vulgare.

  • Indeed, this region is especially so called on account of the ‘sargassum,’ or weed, in the Portuguese tongue.

    The White Squall John Conroy Hutcheson
  • The Sargassites, finally, have been vaguely referred to the genus sargassum, so abundant in tropical seas.

British Dictionary definitions for sargassum

sargassum

/sɑːˈɡæsəm/
noun
1.
any floating brown seaweed of the genus Sargassum, such as gulfweed, of warm seas, having ribbon-like fronds containing air sacs
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin; see sargasso
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