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- n. A glucan found in some lichens
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A substance isomeric with starch, extracted from several species of moss and lichen, esp. from Iceland moss.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of starch obtained from Iceland moss and many other varieties of lichens.
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Iceland Moss contains the form of starch called "lichenin."