mussel


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mus·sel

 (mŭs′əl)
n.
1. Any of various marine bivalve mollusks that attach to hard surfaces in intertidal areas with byssal threads, especially the edible members of the family Mytilidae and in particular Mytilus edulis, a blue-black species of the North Atlantic Ocean, raised commercially for food.
2. Any of numerous freshwater bivalve mollusks of the order Unionoida that burrow in the sand or mud of rivers, streams, and ponds.
3. Any of several similar bivalve mollusks, such as the zebra mussel.

[Alteration (possibly influenced by Dutch mossel) of Middle English muscle, from Old English muscelle, from Medieval Latin mūscula, from Latin mūsculus, sea mussel; see muscle.]

mussel

(ˈmʌsəl)
n
1. (Animals) any of various marine bivalves of the genus Mytilus and related genera, esp M. edulis (edible mussel), having a dark slightly elongated shell and living attached to rocks, etc
2. (Animals) any of various freshwater bivalves of the genera Anodonta, Unio, etc, attached to rocks, sand, etc, having a flattened oval shell (a source of mother-of-pearl). The zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, can be a serious nuisance in water mains
[Old English muscle, from Vulgar Latin muscula (unattested), from Latin musculus, diminutive of mūs mouse]

mus•sel

(ˈmʌs əl)

n.
any bivalve mollusk, esp. an edible marine bivalve of the family Mytilidae and a freshwater clam of the family Unionidae.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English muscle < Vulgar Latin *mūscula, feminine derivative of Latin mūsculus little mouse, sea mussel. See muscle]

mussel

- Gets its name from Latin musculus, "little mouse."
See also related terms for mice.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mussel - black marine bivalves usually steamed in winemussel - black marine bivalves usually steamed in wine
edible mussel, Mytilus edulis - a mussel with a dark shell that lives attached to rocks
shellfish - meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)
2.mussel - marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that lives attached to rocks etc.
bivalve, lamellibranch, pelecypod - marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together
marine mussel, mytilid - marine bivalve mollusk having a dark elongated shell; live attached to solid objects especially in intertidal zones
freshwater clam, freshwater mussel - bivalve mollusk abundant in rivers of central United States
Translations
أُمُّ الـخُلُولميديَّه: جِنْس مَحار
slávkaslávka jedlá
musling
simpukka
dagnja
kagyló
kræklingur, krákuskel
ムール貝
홍합
dvigeldė kriauklė
divvāku gliemismīdija
slávka
mussla
หอยแมลงภู่
con trai

mussel

[ˈmʌsl]
A. Nmejillón m
B. CPD mussel bed Ncriadero m de mejillones

mussel

[ˈmʌsəl] nmoule f

mussel

n(Mies)muschel f; mussel bedMuschelbank f

mussel

[ˈmʌsl] ncozza

mussel

(ˈmasl) noun
a variety of edible shellfish with a shell in two parts.

mussel

أُمُّ الـخُلُول slávka jedlá musling Miesmuschel μύδι mejillón simpukka moule dagnja cozza ムール貝 홍합 mossel musling małż mexilhão мидия mussla หอยแมลงภู่ midye con trai 贻贝

mussel

n. almeja.
References in classic literature ?
The one in the middle held a mussel in its mouth, which it laid on the shore at the youth's feet, and when he had taken it up and opened it, there lay the gold ring in the shell.
Apart, in separate compartments, were spread out chaplets of pearls of the greatest beauty, which reflected the electric light in little sparks of fire; pink pearls, torn from the pinna-marina of the Red Sea; green pearls, yellow, blue, and black pearls, the curious productions of the divers molluscs of every ocean, and certain mussels of the water courses of the North; lastly, several specimens of inestimable value.
There were mussels and abalones and clams and rock-oysters, and great ocean-crabs that were thrown upon the beaches in stormy weather.
There are also a clean race of frogs and tortoises, and a few mussels in it; muskrats and minks leave their traces about it, and occasionally a travelling mud-turtle visits it.
She watched the small boys on a day when she had eaten nothing, and emulated them, gathering mussels from the rocks at low water, cooking them by placing them among the coals of a fire she built on top of the wall.
A MUSSEL industry should be protected with limits on boat sizes and raking guidelines now that 60-year-old rules have ended, a council claims.
Successful entrepreneur, Jeni Banks, has joined The Mussel Club as their new managing director.
Even a blast of wintery weather couldn't dampen diners' appreciation of the Mussel Madness launch event last Tuesday evening which had to be moved from around the outside pool area to inside the calming Silks Restaurant.
Recipes include Mussel Salad Al Fresco, Mussel Chowder, Pineapple Szechuan Mussel Pizza, Barbecue Beer Mussels, and even several "bread 'n' spread" goods to complement mussels.
84 EMERSION AND TEMPERATURE EFFECTS ON GROWTH RATES AND BYSSAL THREAD PRODUCTION IN TWO SYMPATRIC MARINE MUSSEL SPECIES
There is a simple way to check, Jarrah says, by tapping the outer shell; a live mussel will shut tightly when moved.