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- n. agar
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fucus or seaweed much used in the East for soups and jellies; Ceylon moss (Gracilaria lichenoides).
- n. A gelatinlike substance, or a solution of it, prepared from certain seaweeds containing gelose (such as Ceylon moss, Gracilaria lichenoides or other seaweeds of the genera Gelidium, Ceramium, Pterocladia, and Eucheuma), and used for solidifying growth media in the artificial cultivation of bacteria, or as a gelling agent in foods; -- usually called simply agar, by abbreviation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native name of Ceylon moss or Bengal isinglass, consisting of dried seaweed of several species, such as Gracilaria lichenoides, Eucheuma spinosum, etc. It is much used in the East for soups and jellies. Also called agal-agal. See gelose.
- n. A gelatinous product from certain seaweeds often combined with various nutrient substances to form a solid medium for the artificial cultivation of bacteria and other organisms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a colloidal extract of algae; used especially in culture media and as a gelling agent in foods
From Malay agar or agar-agar, both meaning jelly. (Wiktionary)