noun Etymology: Middle English muscle, from Old English muscelle, from Vulgar Latin *muscula, from Latin musculus muscle, mussel Date: before 12th century 1. a marine bivalve mollusk (especially genus Mytilus) usually having a dark elongated shell 2. a freshwater bivalve mollusk (as of Unio, Anodonta, or related genera) that is especially abundant in rivers of the central United States and has a shell with a lustrous nacreous lining

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mussel — (n.) O.E. muscle, musscel shellfish, mussel, from L.L. muscula (source of O.Fr. musle, Mod.Fr. moule, M.Du. mosscele, Du. mossel, O.H.G. muscula, Ger. Muschel), from L. musculus mussel, lit. little mouse, also muscle; like …   Etymology dictionary

  • mussel — [mus′əl] n. [ME muscle < OE, akin to OHG muscula, both < VL * muscula, for L musculus, mussel, MUSCLE] any of various bivalve mollusks; specif., a) any of a sometimes edible saltwater family (Mytilidae) that anchors to rocks, ships, etc. by …   English World dictionary

  • mussel — ► NOUN 1) a marine mollusc with a dark brown or purplish black shell. 2) a freshwater mollusc, some kinds of which produce small pearls. ORIGIN Latin musculus muscle …   English terms dictionary

  • Mussel — Not to be confused with muscle. Mussel Blue mussels Mytilus edulis in the intertidal zone in Cornwall, England Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • mussel — /mus euhl/, n. any bivalve mollusk, esp. an edible marine bivalve of the family Mytilidae and a freshwater clam of the family Unionidae. [bef. 1000; ME, OE muscle < VL *muscula, var. of L musculus little mouse, sea mussel. See MUSCLE] * * * Any… …   Universalium

  • Mussel — 52°57′18″N 7°2′17″E / 52.955, 7.03806 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • mussel — noun /ˈmʌsəl/ A small edible bivalve shellfish of the families Unionidae (fresh water mussels) and Mytilidae (salt water mussels). See Also: zebra mussel, mussel bed, mussel bed …   Wiktionary

  • mussel — UK [ˈmʌs(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms mussel : singular mussel plural mussels a small shellfish with a soft body inside a hard black or green shell, often cooked and eaten as food …   English dictionary

  • mussel — muscle, mussel Muscle is the fibrous body tissue, mussel the bivalve mollusc …   Modern English usage

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