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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ah-gahr, ag-er]
    • /ˈɑ gɑr, ˈæg ər/
    • /ˈeɪ.ɡɑːr/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ah-gahr, ag-er]
    • /ˈɑ gɑr, ˈæg ər/

Definitions of agar word

  • noun agar a complex gelatinous carbohydrate obtained from seaweeds, esp those of the genus Gelidium, used as a culture medium for bacteria, a laxative, in food such as ice cream as a thickening agent (E406), etc 3
  • noun agar a gelatinous product made from seaweed and used as a base for bacterial cultures, as a laxative, in jellied and preserved foods, in electrophoresis, etc. 3
  • noun agar a base containing agar 3
  • noun agar Hagar. 1
  • noun agar A gelatinous substance obtained from various kinds of red seaweed and used in biological culture media and as a thickener in foods. 1
  • noun agar gelatinous substance obtained from algae 1

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Origin of agar

First appearance:

before 1885
One of the 21% newest English words
First recorded in 1885-90, agar is from the Malay word agaragar seaweed from which a gelatin is rendered, or the gelatin itself

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Parts of speech for Agar


agar popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

agar usage trend in Literature

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