Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as gulfweed.
  • noun In England, the tangle, Laminaria digitala, especially cylindrical portions of the frond.

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

  • noun Seaweed drifted to the shore by the wind.

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  • noun Seaweed brought ashore by the wind.

Etymologies

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drift +‎ weed

Examples

  • Regarding the beach, it might have been most reasonably supposed that it would be very thick with the driftweed; but this was not so, at least, not at that time; though a projecting horn of the black rock which ran out into the sea from the upper end of the island, was thick with it.

    The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'

  • It was most curious to observe, as far as the eye could range, how level and truly horizontal the line on the mountain side was, at which trees ceased to grow: it precisely resembled the high-water mark of driftweed on a sea-beach.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • It was most curious to observe, as far as the eye could range, how level and truly horizontal the line on the mountain side was, at which trees ceased to grow: it precisely resembled the high-water mark of driftweed on a sea-beach.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • The feet of Mistherd flew over yerba and outpaced windblown driftweed.

    The Queen of Air and Darkness

  • After breakfast, at Martin's suggestion, they made little boats of twigs and leaves and sailed them on the duckpond, where they met with many adventures and calamities from driftweed, small breezes, and the curiosity of the ducks.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • After breakfast, at Martin's suggestion, they made little boats of twigs and leaves, and sailed them on the duck-pond, where they met with many adventures and calamities from driftweed, small breezes, and the curiosity of the ducks.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • After breakfast, at Martin's suggestion, they made little boats of twigs and leaves and sailed them on the duckpond, where they met with many adventures and calamities from driftweed, small breezes, and the curiosity of the ducks.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • With characteristic cunning -- a cunning which grows keener and keener in the neighborhood of civilization -- the mother-otter filled up the land entrance among the roots with earth and driftweed, using only the doorway under water until it was time for the cubs to come out into the world again.

    Secret of the Woods

  • A small brook made an eddy there, and a lot of driftweed had collected over a bed of soft black mud.

    Ways of Wood Folk

  • Regarding the beach, it might have been most reasonably supposed that it would be very thick with the driftweed; but this was not so, at least, not at that time; though a projecting horn of the black rock which ran out into the sea from the upper end of the island, was thick with it.

    The Boats of the Glen Carrig: Chapter 7

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