sea·​weed | \ ˈsē-ˌwēd \

Definition of seaweed

1 : a mass or growth of marine plants
2 : a plant growing in the sea especially : a marine alga (such as a kelp)

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This dish consists of chicken and shrimp with cucumber, kale, spinach, seaweed salad, cheese, tempura crunch, and teriyaki sauce. Lauren Delgado,, "Disney Springs restaurants serving special barbecue dishes, beer pairings this summer," 28 June 2018 Created by combining segments of seaweed DNA into a unique signature, the bar codes can be applied to a single food item like an apple or a silo full of wheat used in flour. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Six Technologies That Could Shake the Food World," 2 Oct. 2018 Golden fragments of seaweed float by, escapees, perhaps, from the Sargasso Sea’s swirling gyre in the Atlantic Ocean. Helen Scales, Discover Magazine, "Hearing Nemo," 17 Aug. 2018 That means even the guy who brings in the seaweed, which tops the pearl tapioca starter along with goat cheese and shiitake mushrooms. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Perfect Weekend Away in Dublin," 11 July 2018 Don’t be surprised if yeast strands start dangling like seaweed from your SCOBY. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Your Own Homemade Kombucha," 19 July 2018 Tsukiji, which opened 83 years ago, was a popular destination for tourists, including its cluster of quaint sushi restaurants and stores selling seaweed and green-tea ice cream. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Official: Move of Japan fish market could have been better," 16 Oct. 2018 Spa treatments incorporate seaweed and other local ingredients. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The tiny larvae were seen wiggling on top of piles of seaweed that washed ashore as well as covering patches of sand near the surf. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "New Hampshire beach covered in thousands of 'nasty' maggots," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of seaweed

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of seaweed

: a type of plant that grows in the sea


sea·​weed | \ ˈsē-ˌwēd \

Kids Definition of seaweed

: an alga (as a kelp) that grows in the sea

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