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

Definition of carrageen in English:


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
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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