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n. pl. sar·gas·sos

[Portuguese sargaço.]
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(sɑːˈɡæsəʊ) or

sargasso weed

n, pl -sos
(Plants) another name for gulfweed, sargassum
[C16: from Portuguese sargaço, of unknown origin]
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(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]
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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
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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.
Sargassum, which gets its name from the Portuguese word for grape, is a floating brownish algae that generally blooms in the Sargasso Sea, a three million-square-kilometre body of warm water in the north Atlantic that is a major habitat and nursery for numerous marine species.
Before 2011, most of the pelagic Sargassum in the ocean was primarily found floating in patches around the Gulf of Mexico and Sargasso Sea.
The street with the slowest downloads in Coventry and Warwickshire is Sargasso Lane in Nuneaton, achieving just 1.3Mbps on average.
Farther offshore, schoolie dolphin will be hiding under the mats of sargasso weeds that accumulate along current rips in the Gulf Stream.
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.
BREWER'S writing appears in Natural Bridge; RHINO; Yemassee; Poetry Quarterly; Booth; Sargasso; and Poets Against War (among others).
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.