oarweed

noun

: any of several large brown algae especially of the genus Laminaria including some used as a source of iodine and other chemicals, as fertilizer, and sometimes as food

Word History

Etymology

English dialect oare, ore seaweed (from Middle English ware, from Old English wār) + English weed; akin to Old English wīr myrtle, Middle Dutch wier seaweed, and probably to Old Norse visk wisp

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“Oarweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oarweed. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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