• WordNet 3.6
    • n kelp large brown seaweeds having fluted leathery fronds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Kelp (Bot) Any large blackish seaweed.
    • Kelp The calcined ashes of seaweed, -- formerly much used in the manufacture of glass, now used in the manufacture of iodine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n kelp A hook or crook by means of which a pot or kettle is hung over a fire.
    • n kelp A sheath.
    • n kelp Large seaweeds, such as are used in producing the manufactured kelp. In coast regions kelp is largely employed as a fertilizer, especially in the west of Ireland. It is composed chiefly of Fucaceæ and Laminarieæ. In New England it includes especially species of Laminaria called devil's-apron, Agarum Turneri, the sea-colander, and Alaria esculenta, besides littoral species of Fucus called rockweed.
    • n kelp Specifically, the seaweed Macrocystis pyrifera, of the Pacific coast of North and South America, etc. Its tough, slender stems are said to grow-sometimes more than 600 feet long. Ascending from submarine rocks, it reveals their presence to sailors; and it forms an extensive tangled mass which serves on exposed coasts as a natural breakwater.
    • n kelp The product of seaweeds when burned, from which carbonate of soda is obtained. It was formerly much used in the manufacture of glass and soap, and large quantities of iodine are now obtained from the residue after the carbonate of soda is separated.
    • n kelp A young crow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Kelp kelp the calcined ashes of seaweed, once used in making glass
    • Kelp Also Kilp
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Formerly kilpe,; of unknown origin


In literature:

I remember even then being struck by the immense quantities of kelp which fringed the shore.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The rowing of our boat was much impeded by kelp.
"Handbook to the new Gold-fields" by R. M. Ballantyne
Look, the topmost fringe of kelp on the rocks is quite dry, and six feet above the water, and there is no surf.
"Rídan The Devil And Other Stories" by Louis Becke
There is no better breakwater than a bed of kelp.
"The Land of Fire" by Mayne Reid
The constant service of two months at once is performed at the proper season in making kelp.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
A substance chiefly obtained from kelp or sea-weed, extensively employed in medicine and the arts.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Some time after the first of July he crawls in under the rocks or kelp, where the fish can't trouble him.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Kelp, potash in, 420.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Kelp, or sea-weed, is used with advantage where it can be obtained.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
Hence the great, huge kelp-cutters that you hear cut only the tops of the kelp-beds.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey

In poetry:

The sun on the reeds an' rushes,
An' the sand outstretched before,
An' the sun on the kelp an' shingle
Away off Galway shore.
"Low Tide" by Clinton Scollard
Health-food folks around the world
Are thinned by anxious zeal,
They look for help in seafood kelp
(I count on breaded veal).
"The Health-Food Diner" by Maya Angelou
Low along the sea, low along the sea,
The gray gulls are flying, and one sail swings;
The tide is foaming in; the soft wind sighing;
The brown kelp is stretching, to the surf, harp-strings.
"Tidals" by Cale Young Rice
A sea-gull with a broken wing,
I found upon the kelp-strewn shore.
It sprawled and gasped; I sighed: "Poor thing!
I fear your flying days are o'er;
Sad victim of a savage gun,
So ends your soaring in the sun."
"Euthansia" by Robert W Service
I leant out over a ledging cliff and looked down into the sea,
Where weed and kelp and dulse swayed, in green translucency;
Where the abalone clung to the rock and the star-fish lay about,
Purpling the sands that slid away under the silver trout.
"Atavism" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

A fast-growing and rapidly reproducing oriental kelp has been found in San Francisco Bay, and could threaten the commercial oyster beds in Tomales.
Washed ashore kelp beginning to rot, city officials say.
Kelp Takes Over Coronado Shoreline.
The volume of the kelp was so large that the city had to bring in an extra loader to help clear away the rotting seaweed.
Kelp passed away at home at the age of 92 on Wednesday, AUgust 8, 2012.
Radioactive particles from Japan found in California kelp .
Gayla Pedersen picks up a piece of ribbon kelp at the Alutiiq Wild Foods Project on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Lake Gertrude Beach in Kodiak, Alaska.
Radioactive kelp found along local shoreline.
Dried sample of kelp from local waters being tested for radioactivity in the CSULB lab by professor Steven Manley and team.
Sassy Sea Kelp "Noodle" Salad With Peanut–Red Pepper Dressing.
Two kelp farmers in Maine hope to get a piece of a $7-billion global seaweed industry.
" Sing Out " is a showcase of the world's ever-changing musical realm, hosted since 1989 by Larry Kelp.
Kelp Takes Over Coronado Shoreline.
Wilson, 4-foot-long, 25-pound fiberglass boat made by Regional Occupational Program students at San Clemente High School, was discovered upside down in a kelp paddy about 12 miles from where it was launched at Capistrano Beach.