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  • n  brown algae with rounded bladders forming dense floating masses in tropical Atlantic waters as in the Sargasso Sea

  • The masses and banks of sargassum weed impeded Columbus for a fortnight on his first voyage to the New World (September, 1492).
  • In three searches, they had not found the "plains and meadows" of sargassum weed commonly reported as forming the Sargasso Sea (PTI, July 20) east of the West Indies.

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