laminaria

noun

lam·​i·​nar·​ia ˌla-mə-ˈner-ē-ə How to pronounce laminaria (audio)
: any of a genus (Laminaria) of large chiefly perennial kelps with an unbranched cylindrical or flattened stipe and a smooth or convoluted blade
broadly : any of various related kelps (order Laminariales)
laminarian adjective or noun

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin lamina

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laminaria was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Laminaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laminaria. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

laminaria

noun

lam·​i·​nar·​ia ˌlam-ə-ˈner-ē-ə How to pronounce laminaria (audio)
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: any of various large kelps with an unbranched cylinder-shaped or flattened stalk and a smooth or wavy blade

Medical Definition

laminaria

noun

lam·​i·​nar·​ia ˌlam-ə-ˈner-ē-ə, -ˈnar- How to pronounce laminaria (audio)
: any of a genus (Laminaria) of large chiefly perennial kelps of which some have been used to dilate the cervix in performing an abortion
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