Byssus Bys"sus, n.; pl. E. {Byssuses}; L. {Byssi}.[L. byssus fine flax, fine linen or cotton, Gr. by`ssos .] [1913 Webster] 1. A cloth of exceedingly fine texture, used by the ancients. It is disputed whether it was of cotton, linen, or silk. [Written also {byss} and {byssin}.] [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A tuft of long, tough filaments which are formed in a groove of the foot, and issue from between the valves of certain bivalve mollusks, as the {Pinna} and {Mytilus}, by which they attach themselves to rocks, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) An obsolete name for certain fungi composed of slender threads. [1913 Webster]

4. Asbestus. [1913 Webster]

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  • Mytilus — Myt i*lus, n. [L., a sea mussel, Gr. ?.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of marine bivalve shells, including the common mussel. See Illust. under {Byssus}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Mytilus — This article is about an Illyrian king. For the mollusk genus, see Mytilus (mollusc). Mytilus King Mytilus Reign 270 BC c.231 BC Greek Μύτιλος Titles Basileos Mytilus …   Wikipedia

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  • Mytilus — noun type genus of the family Mytilidae: smooth shelled marine mussels • Syn: ↑genus Mytilus • Hypernyms: ↑mollusk genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Mytilidae, ↑family Mytilidae • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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