Laminaria

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Laminaria type genus of the family Laminariaceae: perennial brown kelps
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Laminaria (Bot) A genus of great seaweeds with long and broad fronds; kelp, or devil's apron. The fronds commonly grow in clusters, and are sometimes from thirty to fifty feet in length. See Illust. of Kelp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n laminaria A genus of darkspored seaweeds, belonging to the natural order Laminariaceæ, having no definite leaves, but a plain ribless expansion, flat and bladelike (whence the name), which is either simple or cloven. L. digitata is the well-known tangle abundant on sea-coasts (used in gynecology instead of sponge for making tents for dilating the cervical canal); L. buccinalis is a native of the Cape of Good Hope, and yields iodine; L. potatorum grows in Australia, and furnishes the aborigines with a part of their instruments, vessels, and food; L. digitata and L. bulbosa were formerly employed in the manufacture of kelp for the glass-maker and soap-boiler; L. saccharina, the sweet-tangle or sea-belt, named from the saccharine matter called mannite which it furnishes, is abundant on the shores of the North Atlantic and Pacific oceans. See hanger, 7.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Laminaria a genus of dark-spored seaweeds, with large expanded leathery-stalked fronds
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. See Lamina
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lamina, a thin plate, a leaf.

Usage

In literature:

ALGIN, a viscous, gummy substance obtained from certain seaweeds, more especially those of the genus Laminaria.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
Stems of Laminaria thrown out by the waves should also be carefully examined.
"Sea-Weeds, Shells and Fossils" by Peter Gray
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