One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large brown seaweed that typically has a long, tough stalk with a broad frond divided into strips.
Family Laminariaceae, class Phaeophyceae, including the genera Laminaria (used in some areas as manure) and Macrocystis (harvested in the US as a source of algin)‘a large bed of kelp’count noun ‘there are several kelps found in the lower zones’
- ‘These delicate fish are poor swimmers, but use their leaf-like appendages to help them blend into the algae and kelp surrounding them for protection from predators.’
- ‘Giant kelp and seaweed are common, especially in intertidal zones.’
- ‘The sea bed was covered by fronds of kelp which swayed to and fro in the water, grabbing our legs as we began our course around the pier's outer edge.’
- ‘Flocks of terns and cormorants fished offshore, while fronds of kelp writhed in the surf like the flailing arms of sea monsters.’
- ‘Apart from algae, perhaps we can also bioengineer seaweed or kelp for the same purpose in aquatic fuel farms.’
- ‘Other commonly used seaweeds are wakame and kombu, which are types of kelp.’
- ‘Other chromists, such as the large kelps, are attached to the bottom of the ocean, but are so incredibly large that they may reach to the surface, and form kelp forests in the ocean.’
- ‘By devising experiments with and without herbivores, they were able to observe the maximum effect of herbivores on small kelps.’
- ‘Below us the seabed was strewn with small boulders and overgrown with beds of brown kelp.’
- ‘As it swims over different areas of seabed, a cuttlefish can change colour almost instantly to match its surroundings, taking on a dark brown shade over kelp and turning almost white over sand.’
- ‘Two wholesome brown kelps that are popular among Japanese diners are kombu and arame.’
- ‘Octopus bimaculatus lives in holes, under rocks and among kelps and is found in the Pacific waters around California and Mexico.’
- ‘The valued molluscs are fed hand-harvested kelp and some compounded seaweed diet, and are graded at regular intervals over the farming period of 36 to 40 months.’
- ‘And our southern waters are incredibly diverse with beautiful sea dragons and hand fish and over a 1000 different varieties of colourful kelp and algae and amazing fish.’
- ‘The elimination of sea otters for their pelts allowed explosions of sea urchins that ate all the kelps.’
- ‘In aquatic habitats, bryozoans may be found on all types of hard substrates: sand grains, rocks, shells, wood, and blades of kelps and other algae may be heavily encrusted with bryozoans.’
- ‘Many large kelps use gas-filled floatation bladders to keep their large blades near the surface, and therefore in the light.’
- ‘In terms of biomass, organic carbon fixation, space occupation, and biogenic habitat, kelps are the dominant reef-inhabiting organisms in cool seas, especially in the Northern Hemisphere.’
- ‘Unlike kelp and other seaweed, sea grasses are descended from terrestrial plants, which adapted to shallow non-rocky coastal waters.’
- ‘You may also want to eat iodine-rich foods like kelp, nori, and other seaweeds as often as once a day, and fish and shellfish two or three times a week.’
- 1.1 The calcined ashes of seaweed, used as a source of various salts.
- ‘I apply an organic fertilizer high in trace elements and kelp.’
Late Middle English: of unknown origin.
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