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
Recent Examples of kelp from the Web
Translucent wafers of Korean fluke are wrapped in kelp to cure; sayori (needlefish) is slivered and marinated in soy; and tender lobes of rich uni are glazed with miso.
On a gray summer day in 1966, Todd Newberry was watching seabirds squabble above the kelp forests of California’s Monterey Bay, when a sailor struck up a conversation that changed his understanding of the Vietnam War.
Little is known about managing and harvesting wild kelp.
Receding kelp means less habitat for intermediate predators, with about half as many near the volcanic vents.
Young had removed his trunks a few miles from shore while negotiating a snarl of kelp, leaving him clad in only a coating of grease (for insulation) flecked with graphite (as shark repellent).
Kelpie finishes long with the aroma of molasses from the initial nosing returning, and with notes of deep-sea kelp, dank moss and camphor.
There are some natural obstacles to negotiate, namely kelp and painful urchins near the shore and at the finish line.
That’s bad news not only for seafood lovers, but also for the kelp forest, where abalone are prey for animals from octopuses to otters, and help regulate algal growth.
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Origin and Etymology of kelp
Middle English culp
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of kelp for English Language Learners
: a type of brown seaweed
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Definition of kelp for Students
: a large brown seaweed
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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