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kelp Syllabification: kelp

Definition of kelp in English:


1A large brown seaweed that typically has a long, tough stalk with a broad frond divided into strips. Some kinds grow to a very large size and form underwater “forests” that support a large population of animals.
  • Family Laminariaceae, class Phaeophyceae, including the genera Laminaria (used in some areas as manure) and Macrocystis (harvested in the US as a source of algin)
Example sentences
  • Two wholesome brown kelps that are popular among Japanese diners are kombu and arame.
  • In aquatic habitats, bryozoans may be found on all types of hard substrates: sand grains, rocks, shells, wood, and blades of kelps and other algae may be heavily encrusted with bryozoans.
  • Many large kelps use gas-filled floatation bladders to keep their large blades near the surface, and therefore in the light.
1.1The calcined ashes of seaweed, used as a source of various salts.
Example sentences
  • I apply an organic fertilizer high in trace elements and kelp.


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with kelp

help, whelp, yelp
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