- a purplish-brown, cartilaginous seaweed, Chondrus crispus, of the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America.
Origin of Irish moss
First recorded in 1835–45
Also called carrageen, carragheen.
Origin of carrageen
First recorded in 1825–35; named after Carrageen in SE Ireland
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- another name for carrageen
carragheen or carageen
- an edible red seaweed, Chondrus crispus, of North America and N EuropeAlso called: Irish moss
Word Origin for carrageen
C19: from Carragheen, near Waterford, Ireland, where it is plentiful
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