Byssine Bys"sine, a. [L. byssinus made of byssus, Gr. by`ssinos See {Byssus}.] Made of silk; having a silky or flaxlike appearance. --Coles. [1913 Webster]

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  • byssine — bys·sine …   English syllables

  • byssine — ˈbisə̇n adjective Etymology: Latin byssinus, from Greek byssinos, from byssos byssus + inos ine : made of byssus …   Useful english dictionary

  • byssus — noun a) An exceptionally fine and valuable fibre or cloth of ancient times. Originally used for fine flax and linens, its use was later extended to fine cottons, silks, and sea silk. b) The long fine silky filaments excreted by several mollusks… …   Wiktionary

  • byssus —   n. filamentous tuft ( beard ) by which molluscs attach themselves; fine flax and fabric woven from it.    ♦ byssaceous, a. consisting of fine threads; like a byssus.    ♦ byssal, a.    ♦ byssiferous, a. having a byssus; tufted.    ♦ byssine, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

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