from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of compound polyzoan or bryozoan; an aggregate of moss-animalcules forming a mossy mat or tract; any such bryozoan or moss-animal. See cuts under Polyzoa and Plumatella.
  • noun In botany:
  • noun Irish moss, or carrageen.
  • noun Same as seaweed.


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  • Other fishes feed habitually on mud or sea-weed or sea-moss or the so-called stalk-weed or growing plants; as for instance, the phycis, the goby, and the rock-fish; and, by the way, the only meat that the phycis will touch is that of prawns.

    The History of Animals

  • The murex lives for about fifty days after capture; during this period they feed off one another, as there grows on the shell a kind of sea-weed or sea-moss; if any food is thrown to them during this period, it is said to be done not to keep them alive, but to make them weigh more.

    The History of Animals

  • "No, indeed, Mrs. Davitt, I did not forget you: but you won't get your farina after all; for I met some poor men in distress, and I handed over all the sea-moss to them."

    Flint His Faults, His Friendships and His Fortunes

  • Here is some sea-moss which I was taking to an old woman who lives a little further down the road.

    Flint His Faults, His Friendships and His Fortunes

  • Father, mother, brothers, sisters, weep for me no longer, for I am going to live beneath the sea, in the lovely grottos, on a couch of sea-moss. '

    Finnish Legends for English Children

  • Japanese love of beauty has drawn from water, earth, and air; delicate infusions of sea-moss, roots, and leaves, saucers of warm earth ground to

    The Dragon Painter

  • Trafford had heard him recite; bits of paper, with sums and solutions traced thereon; copies of the fine and feathery sea-moss, which it was the boy's delight to gather, with odd pebbles and shells, met his gaze on either hand.

    Culm Rock The Story of a Year: What it Brought and What it Taught

  • She is a Greek girl from Malamocco, [52: 2] fourteen years old at most, "white and quiet as an apparition," with "hair like sea-moss"; her name is Phene, which, as Lutwyche explains, means sea-eagle ....

    Browning's Heroines

  • As they neared the wooden gateway it was suddenly flung open, and out marched a procession of masquers, headed by Neptune in full costume of shell-fringed robe, diadem, trident, and garlands of kelp and sea-moss, attended by tritons grotesquely attired, and fauns, reinforced by a growing audience of Indians, squaws and papooses.

    Days of the Discoverers

  • There, on beds of sea-moss, they lie, and the rainbow is dull beside them.



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