American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several marine bivalve mollusks, especially the edible members of the family Mytilidae and in particular Mytilus edulis, a blue-black species raised commercially in Europe. Mussels are often found attached to rocky surfaces or the sides of ships.
- n. Any of several freshwater bivalve mollusks of the genera Anodonta and Unio, found in the central United States, that burrow in the sand or mud of lakes and streams.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any one of many bivalve mollusks of various genera and species. Any species of the family Mytilidæ, especially of the genera Mytilus and Modiola, of a triangular form and blackish or dark color, with two adductor muscles and a large byssus or beard. They are chiefly marine, and abound on most sea-coasts. The common mussel is Mytilus edulis. Horse-mussels are species of Modiola. Date-shells or boring mussels are species of Lithodomus which excavate the hardest rocks.
- n. A small edible bivalve shellfish of the families Unionidae (fresh water mussels) and Mytilidae (salt water mussels).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of many species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Mytilus, and related genera, of the family
Mytidæ. 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.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of Unio, and related fresh-water genera; -- called also
river mussel. See Naiad, and Unio.
- n. black marine bivalves usually steamed in wine
- n. marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that lives attached to rocks etc.
- From Latin mūsculus ("mussel or muscle"), literally "little mouse". (Wiktionary)
- Alteration (possibly influenced by Dutch mossel) of Middle English muscle, from Old English muscelle, from Medieval Latin mūscula, from Latin mūsculus, sea mussel; see muscle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And when in Normandy, eat the mussels as the Normans do: grab one empty shell in one hand and use it to pluck the plump mussel from the shell in your other hand.”
“The flesh of a fresh mussel is weak and insubstantial, and it's like putting a raw egg yoke on the hook as bait.”
“It had been swimming in the lake -- for muskrats are good swimmers -- when it had found a fresh-water mussel, which is like a clam except that it has a longer shell that is black instead of white.”
“It had been swimming in the lake -- for muskrats are good swimmers -- when it had found a fresh - water mussel, which is like a clam except that it has a longer shell that is black instead of white.”
“The mussel was his greatest joy, perhaps; it had been given him by a fisherman, who had brought a pocket-full back from his sea trip, to please his own children.”
“After all, these plump beauties were harvested just down the coast at Yerseke -- the harbour town known as the mussel capital of Holland.”
“Chemical analysis of this natural, waterproof glue showed that the key to its adhesiveness is a family of unique proteins called mussel adhesive proteins, which contain a high concentration of DOPA (dihydroxyphenylalanine).”
“Mr. Mendes creates dishes such as mussel soup with sausage, an open-faced sea urchin sandwich and plank-grilled Spanish mackerel in escabeche juice.”
“Chef George Mendes, born to Portuguese parents, creates dishes such as mussel soup with sausage, an open-faced sea urchin sandwich, plank-grilled Spanish mackerel in escabeche juice and diver scallops with risotto and orange.”
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