from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A polyzoan of the family Flustridæ, forming a flat, matted coralline. See cut under Flustra.


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  • The place was a narrow passage between high walls of lava, a crack in the knotted rock, and on either side interwoven heaps of sea-mat, palm-fans, and reeds leaning against the rock formed rough and impenetrably dark dens.

    The Island of Doctor Moreau

  • On the 27th of March, 1827, he made a communication to the Plinian Society on the ova, or rather larvæ, of the Flustra or sea-mat, a member of the class Polyzoa, forming a continuous mat-like colony of thousands of organisms leading a joint-stock existence.

    Life of Charles Darwin

  • She was, nevertheless, rather cool in her manner, for, thought she to herself, The rough fellow forgets that he is but a lodger here, as the sea-mat said of his blue-eyed cousin; whereas everybody knows that I am a bonâ-fide inhabitant, though with a little more freedom of movement than people who stick to their friends so closely as to cover them up!

    Parables From Nature

  • No offence to the sea-mat, or anybody who can't help himself.

    Parables From Nature

  • The Lancashire coast, with here and there an exception, is one low bank or ridge of sand, loosely drifted into hillocks of but mean height and appearance; only preserving their consistency by reason of the creeping roots of the bent or sea-mat weed

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)


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