from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A gigantic seaweed of the natural order Laminariaceœ, having a simple filiform stem, sometimes several hundred feet in length, terminating in a huge club-shaped or spherical bladder, from which springs a tuft of dichotomously dividing fronds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- proper noun (Bot.) A genus of gigantic seaweeds.
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In the temperate waters, the most important sources are species of Macrocystis, Laminaria, Ecklonia and Nereocystis.
Giant kelp (such as Macrocystis and Nereocystis) are also harvested from natural populations off the Pacific coast of North America.
(Nereocystis luetkeana) with an understory of several species of red and brown algae.
(Macrocystis pyrifera) or Bull Whip Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) with an understory of several species of red and brown algae.