[ sahr-gas-oh ]
/ sɑrˈgæs oʊ /

noun, plural sar·gas·sos.

a gulfweed.

Nearby words

  1. saree,
  2. sarema,
  3. sarera bay,
  4. sarfu,
  5. sarg,
  6. sargasso sea,
  7. sargassum,
  8. sargassumfish,
  9. sarge,
  10. sargent

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sargasso


sargasso weed

/ (sɑːˈɡæsəʊ) /

noun plural -sos

another name for gulfweed, sargassum

Word Origin for sargasso

C16: from Portuguese sargaço, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for sargasso



"seaweed," 1590s, from Portuguese sargasso "seaweed," perhaps from sarga, a type of grape (on this theory, the sea plant was so called from its berry-like air sacs), or from Latin sargus, a kind of fish found in the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic, from Greek sargos. Sargasso Sea attested from 1819.

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