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seaweeds Large multicellular algae living in the sea or in the intertidal zone. They are commonly species of the Chlorophyta, Phaeophyta, and Rhodophyta.

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seaweed The common name for a macroscopic marine alga. Seaweeds belong to the groups Rhaeophyta (brown seaweeds), Rhodophyta (red seaweeds), and Chlorophyta (green seaweeds).

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seaweed Any of numerous species of brown, green or red algae, found in greatest profusion in shallow waters on rocky coasts. Kelps are the largest forms. Many species are important for the manufacture of fertilizers or food, or as a valuable source of chemicals such as iodine. Kingdom Protoctista.

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seaweed Marine algae of interest as food include Irish moss, laver bread, and kelp, which are eaten to some extent in different communities and serve as a mineral supplement in animal feed.

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sea·weed / ˈsēˌwēd/ • n. large algae growing in the sea or on rocks below the high-water mark.

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