sargasso

noun sar·gas·so \ sär-ˈga-(ˌ)sō \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of sargasso

plural sargassos
2 : a mass of floating vegetation and especially sargassums

Origin and Etymology of sargasso

[borrowed from Portuguese sargaço, apparently the same word as sargaço, sargaça "the flowering plant Halimium lasianthum, related to the rockrose," of uncertain origin
Note: Traced by Coromines (Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico) along with Spanish jaguarzo to a putative Mozarabic *xaugaçro, going back to Latin salicastrum, a plant of uncertain identity named by Pliny.


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