Kelp hanging to dry.
kelp definition by Webster's New World
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- any of an order (Laminariales) of large, coarse, brown algae
- ashes of seaweed, from which iodine is obtained
Origin: Middle English culp
kelp definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Any of various brown, often very large seaweeds of the order Laminariales.
- The ash of these seaweeds, used as a source of potash and iodine.
Origin: Middle English culp.
kelp - Computer Definition
kelp - Science Definition
Any of various brown, often very large seaweeds that grow in colder ocean regions. Kelps are varieties of brown algae of the order Laminariales, with some species growing over 61 m (200 ft) long. Kelps are harvested as food (primarily in eastern Asia), as fertilizer, and for their sodium and potassium salts, used in industrial processes. Kelps are also a source of thickening agents and colloid stabilizers used in many commercial products. See more at brown alga.