Definition of carrageen in English:


Syllabification: car·ra·geen
Pronunciation: /ˈkerəˌɡēn
(also carragheen or carrageen moss)


An edible red shoreline seaweed with flattened branching fronds, found in both Eurasia and North America and used to produce carrageenan. Also called Irish moss.
  • Chondrus crispus, phylum Rhodophyta
More example sentences
  • I know how to eat everything you can gather on its rocky coast and bone-white beaches: razor shells, cockles, mussels, whelks, carrageen seaweed, winkles, crabs (velvet and red), conger eel, mackerel.
  • We have had another go at marbling: this time we used carrageen moss, which smells like the shore at low tide, and is fairly icky, but works.
  • Some old local British recipes make use of carrageen moss.


early 19th century: from Irish carraigín.

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