Irish moss


noun

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.

carrageen

or car·ra·gheen

[kar-uh-geen]

noun

Origin of carrageen

First recorded in 1825–35; named after Carrageen in SE Ireland
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British Dictionary definitions for carragheen

Irish moss

noun

another name for carrageen

carrageen

carragheen or carageen

noun

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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