sargasso

noun sar·gas·so \ sär-ˈga-(ˌ)sō \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 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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