car·​ra·​geen ˈker-ə-ˌgēn How to pronounce carrageen (audio)
variants or less commonly carragheen

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Intriguingly, carrageen has been the subject of various medical studies and clinical trials. Chris Baraniuk, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Sep. 2022 At the time Ward started his business, carrageen was already recognized as a useful emulsifying and suspending agent. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, 23 July 2019

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Word History


Carragheen, near Waterford, Ireland

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carrageen was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Carrageen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants also carragheen

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