kelp

[ kelp ]
/ kɛlp /

noun

any large, brown, cold-water seaweed of the family Laminariaceae, used as food and in various manufacturing processes.
a bed or mass of such seaweeds.
the ash of these seaweeds.

verb (used without object)

to burn these seaweeds for their ash.

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Origin of kelp

1350–1400; apparently dialectal variant of Middle English culp < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for kelp

kelp

/ (kɛlp) /

noun

any large brown seaweed, esp any in the order Laminariales
the ash of such seaweed, used as a source of iodine and potash

Word Origin for kelp

C14: of unknown origin
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Science definitions for kelp

kelp

[ kĕlp ]

Any of various brown, often very large seaweeds that grow in colder ocean regions. Kelps are varieties of brown algae of the order Laminariales, with some species growing over 61 m (200 ft) long. Kelps are harvested as food (primarily in eastern Asia), as fertilizer, and for their sodium and potassium salts, used in industrial processes. Kelps are also a source of thickening agents and colloid stabilizers used in many commercial products. See more at brown alga.
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