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Carrageen moss


A small brown seaweed, Chondrus crispus, that grows in North Atlantic and is collected on the beaches of Ireland, Great Britain, Northern European countries, Nova Scotia, Massachusetts and other New England States. A water-soluble polysaccharide, called carrageenan, is extracted from Irish moss with boiling water.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Chondrus crispus; carrageen moss; carragenano (Esp.); Muschio d'Irlanda (It); lichene d'Irlanda (It); carragheen; carrageenan; carrageenin

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 20
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  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976