sea lettuce


: any of a genus (Ulva) of marine green algae with broad fronds sometimes eaten as salad or used in soups

Examples of sea lettuce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scaevola sericea, also known as beach cabbage or sea lettuce, thrives in the mangrove swamps of the South Pacific. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 Burgos doesn’t know how sea lettuce reached Venezuela. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 Things like sea barnacles steamed over sea lettuce. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Nov. 2023 There's olive oil made with sea lettuce and Egiategia natural wine as well as Millésime Aquae malt whisky from Maison Benjamin Kuentz, that have been rocked by the ocean’s waves 20 metres below sea level for four to five months in Saint-Jean-de-Luz in the Basque Country before arriving at Ceto. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 In addition to varieties like nori or sea lettuce that can be farmed for humans to eat, seaweed can be used to make bioplastic as well as biofuel. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Jan. 2022 Afterward, the pair stopped on the riverbank to complete another age-old ritual of Breton living — harvesting some of the region’s abundant sea lettuce. New York Times, 21 July 2021 Green sea vegetables, such as sea lettuce, red sea vegetables, such as nori and dulse, and brown sea vegetables, such as arame, hijiki, kombu and wakame have become all the rage. Daphne Ewing-Chow, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 Some of the more popular kinds include sea lettuce, Irish moss, bladderwrack, dulse, and feather boa kelp. Popular Science, 19 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea lettuce was in 1668

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“Sea lettuce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

sea lettuce

: any of several marine green algae that are thin and edible

called also ulva

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