kelp

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noun \ˈkelp\

Definition of kelp

  1. 1a :  any of various large brown seaweeds (order Laminariales)b :  a mass of large seaweeds

  2. 2 :  the ashes of seaweed used especially as a source of iodine

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Origin and Etymology of kelp

Middle English culp


First Known Use: 14th century


KELP Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of kelp for English Language Learners

  • : a type of brown seaweed


KELP Defined for Kids

kelp

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Definition of kelp for Students

  1. :  a large brown seaweed


Medical Dictionary

kelp

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noun \ˈkelp\

Medical Definition of kelp

  1. 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. 2:  the ashes of seaweed used especially as a source of iodine



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