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ˈmʌs əlmus·sel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. musselnoun

    black marine bivalves usually steamed in wine

  2. musselnoun

    marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that lives attached to rocks etc.

Wiktionary

  1. musselnoun

    A small edible bivalve shellfish of the families Unionidae (fresh water mussels) and Mytilidae (salt water mussels).

    Etymology: From musculus, literally "little mouse".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Musselnoun

    any one of many species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Mytilus, and related genera, of the family Mytidae. 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

    Etymology: [See Muscle, 3.]

  2. Musselnoun

    any one of numerous species of Unio, and related fresh-water genera; -- called also river mussel. See Naiad, and Unio

    Etymology: [See Muscle, 3.]

Freebase

  1. Mussel

    Mussel is the common name used for members of several families of clams or bivalvia mollusca, from saltwater and freshwater habitats. These groups have in common a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with other edible clams, which are often more or less rounded or oval. The word "mussel" is most frequently used to mean the edible bivalves of the marine family Mytilidae, most of which live on exposed shores in the intertidal zone, attached by means of their strong byssal threads to a firm substrate. A few species have colonised hydrothermal vents associated with deep ocean ridges. In most marine mussels the shell is longer than it is wide, being wedge-shaped or asymmetrical. The external colour of the shell is often dark blue, blackish, or brown, while the interior is silvery and somewhat nacreous. The word "mussel" is also used for many freshwater bivalves, including the freshwater pearl mussels. Freshwater mussel species inhabit lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, canals, grouped in a different subclass, despite some very superficial similarities in appearance. Freshwater Zebra mussels and their relatives in the family Dreissenidae are not related to previously mentioned groups, even though they resemble many Mytilus species in shape, and live attached to rocks and other hard surfaces in a similar manner, using a byssus. They are classified with the Heterodonta, the taxonomic group which includes most of the bivalves commonly referred to as "clams".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mussel

    Muscle, mus′l, n. a. marine bivalve shellfish, used for food.—n. Mus′cūlite, a petrified mussel or shell. [A.S. muxle; Ger. muschel, Fr. moule; all from L. musculus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mussel in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mussel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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