Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sea wrack used as fertilizer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Flotsam; articles cast up by the sea.
  • n. A kind of kelp; sea girdles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Seaweed; esp., coarse seaweed. See ware, and sea girdles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Seaweed; especially, the larger, coarser kinds of algæ that are thrown up by the sea and used as manure, etc.

Etymologies

Possibly Old English sǣwār : , sea + wār, seaweed; see wei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
sea +‎ -ware (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • At first the air was redolent of clover, and then -- as I drew near the shore -- of seaware.

    The Man from the Clouds

  • 'Yes, there's a plenty of shells and seaware for manure, as you observe; and if one inclined to build a new house, which might indeed be necessary, there's a great deal of good hewn stone about this old dungeon, for the devil here --'

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Complete

  • ‘Yes, there’s a plenty of shells and seaware for manure, as you observe; and if one inclined to build a new house, which might indeed be necessary, there’s a great deal of good hewn stone about this old dungeon, for the devil here —’

    Guy Mannering

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