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Definition of kelp

1a : any of various large brown seaweeds (order Laminariales)
b : a mass of large seaweeds
2 : the ashes of seaweed used especially as a source of iodine

Examples of kelp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea is that each sculpture will have an olfactory element — Yi, for instance, has adapted a lantern made of kelp originally exhibited at the Venice Biennale to function as a diffuser. New York Times, 24 May 2022 Gigha is long and narrow, about six miles north to south, and the surrounding sea is bright turquoise, shading to deep navy over the nearby kelp beds. Cathleen O'grady, The Atlantic, 20 May 2022 Seaweed permaculture which produces ocean forests of kelp which capture very large amounts of CO2. Hersh Shefrin, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Otters eat sea urchins, which can devastate kelp forests. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2022 Blue carbon refers to coastal habitat such as wetlands, marshes, kelp forests and eelgrass beds that capture and store carbon in soil, plant matter and the sea floor. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2022 This was tied to numerous changes in the coastal Pacific Ocean, including the spread of a wasting disease that killed off many sea stars and the decimation of kelp forests. Priya Shukla, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 In 2013, a mystery illness disintegrated the starfish of America’s Western Seaboard: These unlikely predators are the coastal equivalent of pumas, and in their absence, their sea-urchin prey were free to devour offshore kelp forests. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2022 Adding these novel foods to a daily diet wouldn’t require chowing down on whole crickets or having big strings of kelp in your salads, said Mazac. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kelp

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for kelp

Middle English culp

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Kids Definition of kelp

: a large brown seaweed


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Medical Definition of kelp

1 : any of various large brown seaweeds (orders Laminariales and Fucales) and especially laminarias of which some are used for food especially in China and Japan and as sources of alginates, iodine, and medicinal substances
2 : the ashes of seaweed used especially as a source of iodine

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