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Origin of dulse

1540–50; Scots dial. < Scots Gaelic duileasg (by syncope, as in Scots, etc.)
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Related Words for dulse

seaweed, scum, dulse, kelp

Examples from the Web for dulse

Historical Examples of dulse

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for dulse


  1. any of several seaweeds, esp Rhodymenia palmata, that occur on rocks and have large red edible fronds

Word Origin for dulse

C17: from Old Irish duilesc seaweed
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