mussel definition

  • noun:
    • any one of a few marine bivalve mollusks, especially the delicious family members Mytilidae plus in particular Mytilus edulis, a blue-black types increased commercially in Europe. Mussels are often discovered attached with rugged surfaces or the sides of vessels.
    • Any of a few freshwater bivalve mollusks associated with genera Anodonta and Unio, found in the central United States, that burrow into the sand or dirt of lakes and channels.
    • a little edible bivalve shellfish of families Unionidae (fresh water mussels) and Mytilidae (sodium water mussels).
    • Any one of many species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Mytilus, and associated genera, of household Mytidæ. The typical mussel (Mytilus edulis; see Illust. under byssus), while the larger, or horse, mussel (Modiola modiolus), inhabiting the shores each of European countries and America, tend to be delicious. The former is thoroughly used as meals in Europe.
    • anyone of several species of Unio, and related fresh-water genera; -- labeled as also lake mussel. See Naiad, and Unio.
    • Any one of many bivalve mollusks of varied genera and species.
    • black colored marine bivalves frequently steamed in wine
    • marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that life attached with stones etc.

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