Definition of badderlocks in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbadərˌläks/

plural noun

chiefly Scottish
An edible seaweed with a long greenish frond and prominent midrib, occurring in northern Europe.
  • Alaria esculenta, class Phaeophyceae.
Example sentences
  • Barnacle and small mussels cover much of the rock with kelps such as dabberlocks on the lower shore.
  • The fronds of dabberlocks are often eroded by the savage battering they take from storms.
  • He asserts that the western ebru technique using badderlocks and soluble pigments does not achieve the same aesthetic quality and diversity of the traditional method.


Late 18th century: perhaps from Balderlocks, based on the name of the god Balder.

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Syllabification: bad·der·locks

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