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kelp

[ kelp ]

noun

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


verb (used without object)

  1. to burn these seaweeds for their ash.

kelp

/ kɛlp /

noun

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


kelp

/ kĕlp /

  1. 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.
  2. See more at brown alga


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Word History and Origins

Origin of kelp1

1350–1400; apparently dialectal variant of Middle English culp < ?

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Word History and Origins

Origin of kelp1

C14: of unknown origin

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Example Sentences

With its high levels of B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, iodine, and more, kelp has developed a reputation among nutritionists—but it’s more than good for the body.

If urchins are able to survive by eating other animals, they may not die off when the kelp is gone.

Even though he raises oysters himself these days — and mussels, and clams — what Smith is really excited about is the kelp.

Towering kelp rose like “tall cathedrals,” recalls this ecologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Giant kelp is among the best organisms on the planet for taking planet-warming gases out of the atmosphere.

The others, looking off toward the kelp, then see more of the birds.

This last-born princeling soon learned how to float on his back, with his round little head just showing above the kelp.

It took some time to extricate from the kelp, following which I established a new record for myself in dressing.

The meal finished, the great otter climbed out on a pinnacle of rock just showing above the kelp.

As it was, she did not overtake the fugitive until it was fully a quarter of a mile away from the kelp.

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