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n. pl. sar·gas·sos

[Portuguese sargaço.]


(sɑːˈɡæsəʊ) or

sargasso weed

n, pl -sos
(Plants) another name for gulfweed, sargassum
[C16: from Portuguese sargaço, of unknown origin]


(sɑrˈgæs əm)

1. any seaweed of the genus Sargassum, widely distributed in the warmer waters of the globe.
Also called sargasso.
[1900–05; < New Latin; see sargasso]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sargasso - brown algae with rounded bladders forming dense floating masses in tropical Atlantic waters as in the Sargasso Seasargasso - brown algae with rounded bladders forming dense floating masses in tropical Atlantic waters as in the Sargasso Sea
brown algae - algae having the chlorophyll masked by brown and yellow pigments
genus Sargassum - a genus of protoctist
References in classic literature ?
This second arm--it is rather a collar than an arm--surrounds with its circles of warm water that portion of the cold, quiet, immovable ocean called the Sargasso Sea, a perfect lake in the open Atlantic: it takes no less than three years for the great current to pass round it.
All the day of the 22nd of February we passed in the Sargasso Sea, where such fish as are partial to marine plants find abundant nourishment.
For those attuned to a Caribbean literary tradition and to women's writing in particular, the echoes of Paule Marshall's Daughters, Merle Hodge's Crick Crack, Monkey and even Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea will most certainly be heard in Mordecai's book.
These instances of violence may look anecdotal in the novels from which they are extracted, namely Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, Hodge's Crick Crack, Monkey, Pineau's The Drifting of Spirits, Chamoiseau's Texaco, and Cliff's Abeng.
Originally it had been thought the eels only made the journey to the Sargasso Sea off the coast of the Bahamas once in their lifetime to spawn before they died.
In a report released in August, UNESCO and the International Union for Conservation of Nature recommended five ocean biodiversity hotspots worthy of recognition: the Costa Rica Thermal Dome in the Pacific Ocean; the White Shark Cafe, the only known gathering point for white sharks in the Pacific Ocean; the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic Ocean; the Lost City Hydrothermal Field, with its 60-meter high carbonate monoliths (also in the Atlantic); and the Atlantis Bank, a sunken fossil island in the subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean.
The novel Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), is a prequel to which classic novel first published in 1847?
They start life as a little egg in the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda and make an epic 4,000-mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean to end up in canals and rivers across Europe and North Africa.
It usually lives in the Sargasso Sea, a three million square kilometre body of water in the north Atlantic to the east of the USA.
The eels, the article claimed, "are believed to spawn in the Sargasso Sea and drift on currents to Maine, where they make their way to fresh water.
In Jean Rhys' 1966 novel, Wide Sargasso Sea, the characters Antoinette Cosway and Christophine use magic to fight back against a colonizing force.