[ sahr-gas-oh ]

noun,plural sar·gas·sos.
  1. a gulfweed.

Origin of sargasso

1590–1600; <Portuguese, perhaps special use of sargaço rockrose <Latin salicastrum, equivalent to salic- (stem of salix) willow + -astrum, neuter of -aster-aster1

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How to use sargasso in a sentence

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average is hovering near 14,000, and global bond markets are as calm as the sargasso Sea.

  • She may drift into the sargasso Sea of daytime television, where she can chat up B-list celebrities.

    Arrivederci, Sarah! | Joe McGinniss | October 6, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • There's a sea called sargasso, and if I told you half the things about it, you'd think me daft.

    The Wind Bloweth | Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • The same may be said of the sargasso Sea, where millions of living creatures make their home.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide | Augusta Foote Arnold
  • Among its 468 different species is the sargasso or Gulf-weed, sprays of which are sometimes thrown ashore after rough weather.

    Devonshire | Francis A. Knight
  • The days slipped rapidly away, until we entered the sargasso Sea, that strange vortex in the middle of the Atlantic.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif | Frank T. Bullen
  • On several days about this time, we passed through large masses of seaweed drifting from the sargasso Sea.

    Five Months on a German Raider | Frederic George Trayes

British Dictionary definitions for sargasso


sargasso weed

/ (sɑːˈɡæsəʊ) /

nounplural -sos
  1. another name for gulfweed, sargassum

Origin of sargasso

C16: from Portuguese sargaço, of unknown origin

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