from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A marine alga very common on rocks and stones on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small, purplish, branching, cartilaginous seaweed (Chondrus crispus), which, when bleached, is the Irish moss of commerce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Irish moss

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

  • noun dark purple edible seaweed of the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America


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

[After Carragheen, a village of southeast Ireland.]


  • The most unusual panna cotta recipe I come across is from the Irish chef Denis Cotter, who uses sheep's yoghurt and carrageen, otherwise known as Irish moss, in his recipe in Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me – "yoghurt makes it richer and creamier," he explains, "as well as masking the potentially overpowering flavour of the carrageen itself."

    How to cook perfect panna cotta

  • There are many different setting agents around, from agar agar flakes, carrageen moss and powdered gelatine to leaf gelatine in various grades from bronze through to platinum.

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's jelly recipes

  • In the '70s, according to Bria, technicians experimented with a new gelatin formula using carrageen, a seaweed, and found that the resulting Jell-O became firm in just 10 minutes.

    No Time To Make Dessert?

  • I have experimented with carrageen or Irish moss and the Sea-moss

    The Golden Age Cook Book

  • "I'll give you some seaweed pudding, carrageen, you know."

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries

  • I'm dreaming of a time when I can collect my own samples where the carrageen is not at risk - perhaps further up the Atlantic - and use it as a possible pectin substitute for homemade summer jams.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Irish Moss Chondrus crispus a k a carrageen, carrageen moss, Mousse d'Irlande and Irisch Moos, is a springy, red seaweed that ranges from greenish-yellow to reddish-brown.

    NYT > Home Page

  • _Chorda filum_, many feet in length, lie aslant in the tideway; long shaggy bunches of _Fucus serratus_ and _Fucus nodosus_ droop heavily from the rock sides; while the flatter ledges, that form the uneven floor upon which we tread, bristle thick with the stiff, cartilaginous, many-cleft fronds of at least two species of chondrus, -- the common carrageen, and the smaller species, _C.

    The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed

  • The still better known _Chondrus crispus_, the Irish moss or carrageen of our cookery-books, has likewise its apparent though more distant representative in _Chondritis_, a Lower Silurian algæ, of which there seems to exist at least three species.

    The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed

  • From Sligo's edible seaweeds carrageen and dillisk

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper


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