\ ˈkelp \

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

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The area in which Pamperin and Lehrer had been swimming is 30 feet deep and its bottom covered with kelp and weeds., "June 15, 1959: Shark attack," 15 June 2018 The bioflavonoids relieve puffiness and dark circles, and sea kelp & algae extract minimize fine lines. Micaela English, Town & Country, "The 4-Step Skin Care Plan I Am Hooked On For Life," 18 Mar. 2015 Another artist’s illustration of a witch floating among kelp was also incorrectly flagged. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Tumblr is already flagging innocent posts as porn," 3 Dec. 2018 Try The West Coast, a refreshing blend of local gin, bitters, lemon juice, egg white, and kelp salt. Seth Shezi, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Bars in Cape Town," 13 Sep. 2018 There must’ve been a storm or something freaky going on with the tides, because Pemaquid Harbor is clogged with floating detritus—sea weed, branches, kelp. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Testing the Yamaha 210 FSH: The Boat That Blew Up the Formula," 31 Aug. 2018 Each organic mask is submerged in fermented sea kelp and bamboo serum, which delivers intense hydration with smoothing, brightening, and anti-aging benefits. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "5 "Skintertainment" Products You and Your Girlfriends Should Try Tonight," 9 Sep. 2016 The tri-phase formula blends together when shaken to impart the benefits of South India sambac (a type of jasmine) with the French sea kelp to skin. Marci Robin, Allure, "Rodin Launches a Mermaid Collection With Five New Glow-Inducing Beauty Products," 5 June 2018 Bonemeal is a good source of phosphorus, and kelp or greensand are organic sources of potassium. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Organic Fertilizer," 10 Mar. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of kelp

: a type of brown seaweed


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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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