river mussel
Mussel Mus"sel, n. [See {Muscle}, 3.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of many species of marine bivalve shells of the genus {Mytilus}, and related genera, of the family {Mytid[ae]}. The common mussel ({Mytilus edulis}; see Illust. under {Byssus}), and the larger, or horse, mussel ({Modiola modiolus}), inhabiting the shores both of Europe and America, are edible. The former is extensively used as food in Europe. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of {Unio}, and related fresh-water genera; -- called also {river mussel}. See {Naiad}, and {Unio}. [1913 Webster]

{Mussel digger} (Zo["o]l.), the grayback whale. See {Gray whale}, under {Gray}. [1913 Webster]


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