Definitions

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

  • n. See gulfweed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brown alga, of genus Sargassum, that forms large, floating masses

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The gulf weed. See under gulf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as gulf-weed.

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

  • n. brown algae with rounded bladders forming dense floating masses in tropical Atlantic waters as in the Sargasso Sea

Etymologies

Portuguese sargaço.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese sargasso ("sargasso"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The name "sargasso 'derived from the Portuguese word for grapes," sargaco, "because sargasso weed has little air bladders which resemble the fruit.

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  • These eddies or stagnant parts are called sargasso seas.

    Sunk at Sea

  • An extensive tract of water is this, inclosed by the warm current of the Gulf Stream, and thickly covered with the wrack, called by the Spaniards "sargasso," the abundance of which so seriously impeded the progress of Columbus's vessel on his first voyage.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • An extensive tract of water is this, enclosed by the warm current of the Gulf Stream, and thickly covered with the wrack, called by the Spaniards "sargasso," the abundance of which so seriously impeded the progress of Columbus's vessels on his first voyage across the ocean.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor, diary of J.R. Kazallon, passenger

  • Apparently Anetene decided the sargasso was a big enough booby trap all by itself. "

    Sun of Suns

  • I was curious as I had never heard of anything called "Sargasso Planet", SF or otherwise (sargasso sea yes, planet, no).

    What Is Sargasso Planet?

  • You and your bigfoot crap: I wrote a story published in Biker 10 years ago about bikers vs. a Bigfoot and I never see THAT bandied about this site like a cheap tawdry bimbo like I do YOUR Bigfoot sargasso coils of suffocating morasses of life-choking monotony book-cover exhaustions.

    Dare to Compare

  • That looked small next to the green one, ten feet high, twenty across, bigger than any SUV lining the street—green and white, something nautical about it, like weeds flung across the wide sargasso sea—except sylvan.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • But at Kennedy, there was a sargasso sea of low-class Urkels to endure while picking up your luggage.

    Time to Reboot My Privilege : Edward Champion’s Reluctant Habits

  • All around floated the sargasso beds, clogging her bows with their long snaky coils of weed; and still he tried to sail, and tried to fancy that he was sailing, till the sun went down and all was utter dark.

    Westward Ho!

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  • See usage note on copepod.

    I knew about the Sargasso Sea, but didn't know this word also denotes an organism.

    February 20, 2008