Irish moss


Irish moss

noun

Definition of IRISH MOSS

1
:  the dried and bleached plants of a red alga (especially Chondrus crispus) used as an agent for thickening or emulsifying or as a demulcent and as a source of carrageenan
2
:  a red alga that is a source of Irish moss —called also carrageen

First Known Use of IRISH MOSS

1837

Irish moss

noun \ˌī(ə)r-ish-ˈms\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of IRISH MOSS

1
: the dried and bleached plants of a red alga (especially Chondrus crispus) that are used as an agent for thickening or emulsifying or as a demulcent (as in cookery or pharmacy)—called also chondrus
2
: a red alga (especially Chondrus crispus) that is a source of Irish moss—called also carrageen

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