September 2 2014

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The Luck Of The Irish Moss


IRISH MOSS / (i-rish mos) / n. / 1. / Also known as Chondrus crispus, this species of red algae grows among the rocks on the shores of the north Atlantic and is frequently referred to as carrageen, which comes from the Gaelic word meaning “little rock”; / n. / 2. / A seaweed extremely rich in iodine, sulfur, chlorophyll, carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, vitamins, and proteins; / n. / 3. / A reddish, aquatic vegetation that, according to traditional Irish folklore, was dried and tucked beneath rugs to bring wealth and good luck; / n. / 4. / An edible plant, believed to have saved thousands of Irish from certain starvation during the infamous potato famine; / n./ 5. / A low-lying moss rich in beneficial fatty acids and sorbitol that provides moisture to your hair and scalp; e.g., “Hydrate hair and hope for good luck with Irish moss.”

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