• WordNet 3.6
    • n sargasso brown algae with rounded bladders forming dense floating masses in tropical Atlantic waters as in the Sargasso Sea
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sargasso (Bot) The gulf weed. See under Gulf.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sargasso Same as gulf-weed. The Sargasso Sea is a region occupying the interior of the great gyration of the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic, so named from the abundance in it of this weed (Sargassum bacciferum), which in some parts is so dense as to be a serious hindrance to navigation. It covers a large part of the space beween the 16th and 38th parallels of north latitude, and the seaweed is most dense between the 30th and 50th meridians. By extension the name is sometimes used with reference to other less important areas of floating seaweed. See Sargassum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sargasso sär-gas′o a genus of seaweeds, of which two species are found floating in immense quantities in some parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans—gulf-weed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. sargazo, seaweed
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The name Sargasso comes from the Spanish word "sargazzo" which signifies kelp.
"Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne
When they had been about forty days out from Palos, the ship ran into what is marked upon your maps as the Sargasso Sea.
"The True Story of Christopher Columbus" by Elbridge S. Brooks
There is frequent mention of the green growth of the Sargasso sea.
"The Life of Christopher Columbus from his own Letters and Journals" by Edward Everett Hale
So went on a few days more, hopefully enough, without any outbreak, till one morning, just after they had passed the Sargasso-beds.
"Westward Ho!" by Charles Kingsley
The place was a cloth morgue, a Sargasso Sea of serge.
"Indiscretions of Archie" by P. G. Wodehouse
As a matter of fact these grasses were masses of seaweed detached from the Sargasso Sea, which they were soon to enter.
"Christopher Columbus, Complete" by Filson Young
This is the "Sargasso Sea" of the ancients.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper
Altogether, though it is not so strong for the Super-Sargasso Sea, I think this is one of our best expressions upon external origins.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
You need never forget how this Sargasso Sea becomes covered with weed.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
These eddies or stagnant parts are called sargasso seas.
"Sunk at Sea" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

On Misago
Beach there grows
Sargasso weed-
I'll hold fast to your name
Though your parents know!
"On Misago Beach" by Yamabe no Akahito
Sleep navigates the tides of time;
The dry Sargasso of the tomb
Gives up its dead to such a working sea;
And sleep rolls mute above the beds
Where fishes' food is fed the shades
Who periscope through flowers to the sky.
"When Once The Twilight Locks No Longer" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

The Los Angeles Unified board, calmed for a decisionless decade in its cultural Sargasso Sea, finally got decisive two weeks ago when it voted to unseat Superintendent Ruben Zacarias.
'Sargasso' Re-Imagines The Madwoman Of 'Jane Eyre'.
Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) By Jean Rhys.
Sargasso seaweed covers the beach at Tybee on June 20.

In science:

Venter J, Remington K, Heidelberg J, Halpern A, Rusch D, Eisen J, Wu D, Paulsen I, Nelson K, Nelson W, et al.: Environmental genome shotgun sequencing of the Sargasso Sea.
pplacer: linear time maximum-likelihood and Bayesian phylogenetic placement of sequences onto a fixed reference tree