• WordNet 3.6
    • n seaweed plant growing in the sea, especially marine algae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A few years back, a Chinese soap hit it big with consumers in Asia. It was claimed in ads that users would lose weight with Seaweed Defat Scented Soap simply by washing with it. The soap was sold in violation to the Japanese Pharmaceutical Affairs Law and was banned. Reportedly, the craze for the soap was so great that Japanese tourists from China and Hong Kong brought back large quantities. The product was also in violation of customs regulations. In June and July 1999 alone, over 10,000 bars were seized.
    • Seaweed (Bot) Any marine plant of the class Algæ, as kelp, dulse, Fucus Ulva, etc.
    • Seaweed Popularly, any plant or plants growing in the sea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Seaweed can grow up to 12 inches per day
    • n seaweed Any plant or plants growing in the sea; more particularly, any member of the class Algæ. They are very abundant, especially in warm seas, and are often exceedingly delicate and beautiful. See Algæ. See also cuts under aircell, conjugation, Fucus, gulfweed, and Macrocystis. Also called seamoss.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Seaweed a general and popular name applied to a vast collection of lower plant-forms growing on the seacoast from high-water mark (or a little above that limit) to a depth of from 50 to 100 fathoms (rarely deeper), and all belonging to the sub-class of the Thallophyta, to which the name Algæ has been given
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  • Cyril Connolly
    “Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ; Dut. zee, Ger. see, Ice. sær, Dan. .


In literature:

However this may be, we must always think of the shore-haunt as the seaweed-growing area.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Here, packed in with seaweed and brush, was an object which interested them.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
They skirted large pools and tall rocks seaweed covered.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
With instinctive feminine taste the girl had twined a piece of seaweed in her hair.
"Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Novels" by Stephen Leacock
Such reptiles, such fish, such seaweeds as there are!
"The Story of Glass" by Sara Ware Bassett
The black hair was bleached to pale seaweed, and the blue eyes were completely colorless now.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
For a week he stayed there, tended by a rough shepherd, living on seaweed and fish, and well-nigh mad with thirst.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
I always thought it was a seaweed.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Then a long streamer of seaweed rose at his right, frightening him at first in the belief that it was a snake.
"The Pirate Shark" by Elliott Whitney
Why, haven't you silicious sand, the lime from the coral and shells and soda from the seaweeds of thousands of years.
"Fire Island" by G. Manville Fenn

In poetry:

But she got up again, and sang us a song
The song I shall never forget
"As soon as I touched my seaweed
I knew it was going to be wet."
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
"Neither", he answered, "the seaweed mars
my line, and the sharp shells sunder;
I am trying my luck wth those great big stars
down there in the round skies under".
"Stars In The Sea" by Roderic Quinn
Vilely, continuously, stupidly,
Time takes me, drills me, drives through bone and vein,
So water bends the seaweeds in the sea,
The tide goes over, but the weeds remain.
"Out Of Time" by Kenneth Slessor
I WOULD sing songs of simple things,
of things beloved the wide world o'er ;
of columbines with fairy wings,
of stars that gem blue Heaven's door,
of rocks where shining seaweed clings—
I would sing songs of simple things.
"Simple Joys" by Wilhelmina Stitch
The drooping seaweed hears, in night abyssed,
Far and more far the wave's receding shocks,
Nor doubts, for all the darkness and the mist,
That the pale shepherdess will keep her tryst,
And shoreward lead again her foam-fleeced flocks.
"Seaweed" by James Russell Lowell
They raised thee not, but rose to thee,
Their fickle wreaths about thee flinging;
So on some marble Phoebus the swol'n sea
Might leave his worthless seaweed clinging,
But pious hands, with reverent care,
Make the pure limbs once more sublimely bare.
"To Lamartine" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Seaweed in Your Gas Tank The president's energy policies prefer fantasy to reality.
Policy is like seaweed in a gas tank.
Many of the additives are derived from natural sources such as seaweed and soybeans.
Seaweed Fighting Tooth Decay, Composers' Teeth Stolen, And More: The Wednesday Watch On DNN.
Co-owners Melinda Montanye and Jackie Martine have designed the Seaweed Cafe to be a comfortable, sophisticated, yet unpretentious West County destination.
Green seaweeds are also a great puree base for drinks.
Tylor recommends these simple ideas for cooking with seaweed .
Jelly Liquid, jelly or paste form is one of the best ways to start preparing seaweed .
Seaweed jelly can be made with any species of seaweed .
Seaweed saves mother and baby.
My 9-Month-Old Son Teddy Eats Seaweed , Salmon.
Her concerns included the cleanup of said seaweed and whether the gases emitted were toxic and dangerous to breathe.
Makes 4 ounces If mermaids had a beauty secret, it would be seaweed , which is very soothing to the skin and helps with skin cell renewal.
This is a simplified version of the dish Patterson created, in which he cooked seaweed with garam masala and soy sauce then dehydrated and ground it.
And there was a baseball team called the Seaweeds in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

In science:

Kainate, a pyrrolidine excitotoxin isolated from the seaweed Digenea simplex, is a potent neuroexcitatory drug, which after intracerebral or systemic injection leads to generalized limbic seizures in rats (Ben Ari, 1985).
Nimesulide limits kainate-induced oxidative damage in the rat hippocampus
The inset figure from Ref. is a similar plot for a dilute solution of Carrageenan (a seaweed derivative) in a pipe-flow Reynolds number of 14000.
Drag Reduction by Polymer Additives in Decaying Turbulence