Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various brown seaweeds of the order Laminariales, often growing very large and forming dense beds.
  • noun The ashes of seaweed, formerly used as a source of potash and iodine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hook or crook by means of which a pot or kettle is hung over a fire.
  • noun A sheath.
  • noun A young crow.
  • noun Large seaweeds, such as are used in producing the manufactured kelp.
  • noun Specifically, the seaweed Macrocystis pyrifera, of the Pacific coast of North and South America, etc.
  • noun The product of seaweeds when burned, from which carbonate of soda is obtained.

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

  • noun The calcined ashes of seaweed, -- formerly much used in the manufacture of glass, now used in the manufacture of iodine.
  • noun (Bot.) Any large blackish seaweed.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a California spider crab (Epialtus productus), found among seaweeds, which it resembles in color.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a serranoid food fish (Serranus clathratus) of California. See Cabrilla.

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

  • noun botany any of several large brown seaweeds (order Laminariales).

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

  • noun large brown seaweeds having fluted leathery fronds

Etymologies

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

[Middle English culp.]

Examples

  • The weed thus drawn to shore was subsequently sorted, the greater part being used for manure, while the rest was burned in one of those rough kilns that abound along the coast, and reduced to kelp, which is used in the manufacture of soap and glass, and from which iodine is extracted.

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  • Tregarthen could recall the kelp-making, but neither the circumstances of the collapse nor the sufferings that followed it.

    Major Vigoureux

  • There is a farm on a neck of land belonging to this town (Marblehead, Mass.), which has peculiar advantages for collecting sea kelp and sea moss, and these manures are there used most liberally, particularly in the cultivation of cabbage, from eight to twelve cords of rotten kelp, which is stronger than barn manure, and more suitable food for cabbage, being used to the acre.

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  • Police posted the warnings Wednesday after two surfers reported seeing a small great white shark beyond what's called the kelp line.

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  • Police posted the warnings Wednesday after two surfers reported seeing a small great white shark beyond what's called the kelp line.

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  • Police posted the warnings Wednesday after two surfers reported seeing a small great white shark beyond what's called the kelp line.

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  • Seaweed and particularly kelp, which is known to contain iodine as well as other essential minerals and trace elements, is for this reason often recommended by natural health practitioners as part of a dietary treatment for candidiasis.

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  • The researchers found that a selenium supplement he was taking contained kelp, which is a rich source of iodine and significantly increased his iodine levels.

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  • Note: Kombu (also known as kelp) is a type of sea vegetable, available in food co-ops.

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  • Note: Kombu (also known as kelp) is a type of sea vegetable, available in food co-ops.

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  • I expect the tag refers to the kelp gull, but I'm nevertheless getting some strange mental images.

    December 2, 2008

  • Yes, it does. If you ask me, though, the Kelp Gull is a bit strange-looking itself. ;-)

    December 2, 2008