Irish moss

noun

Definition of Irish moss

1 :the dried and bleached parts 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


Medical Dictionary

Irish moss

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noun \ ˌī(ə)r-ish-ˈmȯs \

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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