Definition of kelp in English:

kelp

Syllabification: kelp
Pronunciation: /kelp
 
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noun

  • 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)
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    • 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.
    More example sentences
    • I apply an organic fertilizer high in trace elements and kelp.

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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