from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A variety of starch obtained from Iceland moss and many other varieties of lichens.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Chem.) A substance isomeric with starch, extracted from several species of moss and lichen, esp. from Iceland moss.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun biochemistry A
glucanfound in some lichens
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Iceland Moss contains the form of starch called "lichenin."