1. [syn: bladderwrack, black rockweed, bladder fucus, tang, Fucus vesiculosus]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bladder \Blad"der\ (bl[a^]d"d[~e]r), n. [OE. bladder, bleddre,
AS. bl[=ae]dre, bl[=ae]ddre; akin to Icel. bla[eth]ra, SW.
bl[aum]ddra, Dan. bl[ae]re, D. blaar, OHG. bl[=a]tara the
bladder in the body of animals, G. blatter blister, bustule;
all fr. the same root as AS. bl[=a]wan, E. blow, to puff. See
Blow to puff.]
1. (Anat.) A bag or sac in animals, which serves as the
receptacle of some fluid; as, the urinary bladder; the
gall bladder; -- applied especially to the urinary
bladder, either within the animal, or when taken out and
inflated with air.
2. Any vesicle or blister, especially if filled with air, or
a thin, watery fluid.
3. (Bot.) A distended, membranaceous pericarp.
4. Anything inflated, empty, or unsound. "To swim with
bladders of philosophy." --Rochester.
Bladder nut, or Bladder tree (Bot.), a genus of plants
(Staphylea) with bladderlike seed pods.
Bladder pod (Bot.), a genus of low herbs (Vesicaria) with
inflated seed pods.
Bladdor senna (Bot.), a genus of shrubs (Colutea), with
membranaceous, inflated pods.
Bladder worm (Zool.), the larva of any species of tapeworm
(T[ae]nia), found in the flesh or other parts of
animals. See Measle, Cysticercus.
Bladder wrack (Bot.), the common black rock weed of the
seacoast (Fucus nodosus and Fucus vesiculosus) --
called also bladder tangle. See Wrack.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a common rockweed used in preparing kelp and as manure
[syn: bladderwrack, black rockweed, bladder fucus,
tang, Fucus vesiculosus]