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zebra mussel

n.
A small freshwater mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) usually having a striped shell, native to the Black and Caspian Seas but now widespread in European and North American lakes and rivers.

zebra mussel

n
(Animals) Canadian a small striped variety of mussel

ze′bra mus`sel


n.
a small striped freshwater mussel from NE Europe, Dreissena polymorpha: introduced to the Great Lakes in the 1980s and deleteriously affecting water pipes, other fauna, etc.
[1880–85]

ze·bra mussel

(zē′brə)
A small freshwater mussel, usually having a striped shell, that is native to Europe and Asia but is now widely established in the Great Lakes and other North American waterways. Zebra mussels often clog water-supply pipes and reduce levels of plankton on which other water-dwelling life depend.
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Noun1.zebra mussel - inch long mollusk imported accidentally from Europe; clogs utility inlet pipes and feeds on edible freshwater mussels
freshwater clam, freshwater mussel - bivalve mollusk abundant in rivers of central United States
Dreissena, genus Dreissena - zebra mussels
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