from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A bed or repository of mussels.
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We were waiting for the tide to fall, to go out to the mussel-bed.
The village seemed peopled with women, sexless creatures for the most part, whom toil and the life on the mussel-bed or in the field had dried and hardened into mummy shapes.
Our visit to the mussel-bed, as we soon found, had been our formal introduction to the village.
She's sixty - five, if she's a minute; she's been working here, on this mussel-bed, for five years, to pay the mortgage off her farm; when that is done, her daughter Augustine can marry; Augustine's _dot_ is the farm. "
"Yes, last year's: she was my belle -- the belle of the mussel-bed for me, a year ago.
"I'll make it a red picture," he continued, dipping his brushes into a little case of paints he held on his thumb; "the mussel-bed a reddish violet, the sky red in the horizon, and the girl in the foreground, with that torrent of hair as the high light.
June fifteenth so eager to get to a mussel-bed that there will be no holding you! "