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 for Irish moss
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Irish \I"rish\, a. [AS. [imac]risc, fr. [imac]ras the Irish. Cf.
     Aryan, Erse.]
     Of or pertaining to Ireland or to its inhabitants; produced
     in Ireland.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Irish elk. (Zool.) See under Elk.
  
     Irish moss.
     (a) (Bot.) Carrageen.
     (b) A preparation of the same made into a blanc mange.
  
     Irish poplin. See Poplin.
  
     Irish potato, the ordinary white potato, so called because
        it is a favorite article of food in Ireland.
  
     Irish reef, or Irishman's reef (Naut.), the head of a
        sail tied up.
  
     Irish stew, meat, potatoes, and onions, cut in small pieces
        and stewed.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moss \Moss\ (m[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. mos; akin to AS. me['o]s, D.
     mos, G. moos, OHG. mos, mios, Icel. mosi, Dan. mos, Sw.
     mossa, Russ. mokh', L. muscus. Cf. Muscoid.]
     1. (Bot.) A cryptogamous plant of a cellular structure, with
        distinct stem and simple leaves. The fruit is a small
        capsule usually opening by an apical lid, and so
        discharging the spores. There are many species,
        collectively termed Musci, growing on the earth, on rocks,
        and trunks of trees, etc., and a few in running water.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The term moss is also popularly applied to many other
           small cryptogamic plants, particularly lichens, species
           of which are called tree moss, rock moss, coral moss,
           etc. Fir moss and club moss are of the genus
           Lycopodium. See Club moss, under Club, and
           Lycopodium.
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     2. A bog; a morass; a place containing peat; as, the mosses
        of the Scottish border.
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     Note: Moss is used with participles in the composition of
           words which need no special explanation; as,
           moss-capped, moss-clad, moss-covered, moss-grown, etc.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Black moss. See under Black, and Tillandsia.
  
     Bog moss. See Sphagnum.
  
     Feather moss, any moss branched in a feathery manner, esp.
        several species of the genus Hypnum.
  
     Florida moss, Long moss, or Spanish moss. See
        Tillandsia.
  
     Iceland moss, a lichen. See Iceland Moss.
  
     Irish moss, a seaweed. See Carrageen.
  
     Moss agate (Min.), a variety of agate, containing brown,
        black, or green mosslike or dendritic markings, due in
        part to oxide of manganese. Called also Mocha stone.
  
     Moss animal (Zool.), a bryozoan.
  
     Moss berry (Bot.), the small cranberry ({Vaccinium
        Oxycoccus).
  
     Moss campion (Bot.), a kind of mosslike catchfly ({Silene
        acaulis), with mostly purplish flowers, found on the
        highest mountains of Europe and America, and within the
        Arctic circle.
  
     Moss land, land produced accumulation of aquatic plants,
        forming peat bogs of more or less consistency, as the
        water is grained off or retained in its pores.
  
     Moss pink (Bot.), a plant of the genus Phlox ({Phlox
        subulata), growing in patches on dry rocky hills in the
        Middle United States, and often cultivated for its
        handsome flowers. --Gray.
  
     Moss rose (Bot.), a variety of rose having a mosslike
        growth on the stalk and calyx. It is said to be derived
        from the Provence rose.
  
     Moss rush (Bot.), a rush of the genus Juncus ({Juncus
        squarrosus).
  
     Scale moss. See Hepatica.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Carrageen \Car"ra*geen`\, Carrigeen \Car"ri*geen`\, n.
     A small, purplish, branching, cartilaginous seaweed
     ({Chondrus crispus), which, when bleached, is the Irish
     moss of commerce. [Also written carragheen, carageen.]
     [1913 Webster] Carrageenan

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Irish moss
      n 1: dark purple edible seaweed of the Atlantic coasts of Europe
           and North America [syn: Irish moss, carrageen,
           carageen, carragheen, Chondrus crispus]

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