from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See gulfweed.
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- n. Any of many brown algae of the genus Sargassum; gulfweed
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of algæ including the gulf weed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of marine algæ, of the class Fucaceæ, having fronds attached by a disk, and branching stems with the fronds provided with a midrib and distinctly stalked air-bladders.
- n. [lowercase] Gulfweed.
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
That's where lots of stuff that floats ends up, including golden seaweed called sargassum, which is prime feeding ground for lots of animals, including young turtles.
The Gulf is far from clean and the spill still poses a danger to sea turtles, but Schroeder said there have been encouraging signs in the floating seaweed patches, known as sargassum, where young turtles in the gulf live and feed.
"Ordinarily, the sargassum is a nice, golden color.
The oil spill occurred just as the two-month spawning season began, and the oil poisoned the waters just as fragile eggs and larvae were set adrift in floating sargassum grass, acres upon acres of which were destroyed by oil.
From that stretch of beach they would have to swim 25 to 35 to the sargassum weed line, and once there, they could rest and eat.
The challenge those sea turtle hatchlings face on their way out to the sargassum weed line and an uncertain future is, as I said before, unimaginable.
Herbert offered him a few handfuls of shell-fish and sargassum, saying, — “It is all that we have, Captain Harding.”
The sargassum and the almonds of the stone-pine completed the repast, during which the engineer spoke little.
The reporter and his companions, after having eaten a quantity of lithodomes, sucked the sargassum, of which the taste was very tolerable.
No spray or mint could mask his breath, which smelled now of kelp, now of sargassum, and at its worst, of a weathered planktonic bloom.