Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several coarse, brownish seaweeds of the genera Fucus and Ascophyllum that grow on rocks in coastal areas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ascophyllum nodosum, a seaweed also known as kelp.
  • n. Fucus vesiculosus, a similar seaweed also known as bladderwrack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any coarse seaweed growing on sea-washed rocks, especially Fucus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A seaweed of the genera Fucus, Sargassum, etc., common on the rocks exposed at low tide.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. coarse brown seaweed growing on rocks exposed at low tide

Etymologies

rock +‎ weed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When gathering your equipment, look for rockweed—it's the best seaweed for clambakes because its seawater-filled pockets burst during cooking and add brininess and moisture to the other ingredients.

    Happy as a Clambake

  • Monaghan clambakes were all-day affairs, beginning early with the gathering of rockweed, stones and driftwood.

    Happy as a Clambake

  • In a pinch, try buying rockweed from your fishmonger; it's used to pack shellfish and is often abundant where seafood is sold.

    Happy as a Clambake

  • The pictures of the rockweed are especially good, they make me miss the ocean so much.

    "...I heard the earth inhale, moments before..."

  • I would miss the birds: a pair of furious peregrine falcons, a northern goshawk with a nest at the top of a deformed spruce leaning over the water, the three crow pals that worked the rockweed at low tide eviscerating sea urchins, then picked ripe berries on the hillside for dessert.

    Bird Cloud

  • Across the narrow ribbon of sand they flew, soaring over splintered driftwood and dodging ropy mounds of rockweed.

    Raven Speak

  • Although Rune was the smallest, he did the most work carrying her out and back through the icy weather, and so she removed his bridle and fed him the last whole length of rockweed.

    Raven Speak

  • The dim light showed that the leaves had been stripped from the ropy strands of rockweed and that the cow had moved to the far corner of the byre and was now lying there.

    Raven Speak

  • At the sight of the rockweed, the other two horses pricked their ears and nickered.

    Raven Speak

  • But far more common are the sparrows, robins, finches, cardinals, and grackles who peck through the rockweed and eel grass, ride the branches of the wax myrtles in the salt breezes, and roost on top of the dock pilings.

    Lance Mannion:

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