Mytilus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Mytilus type genus of the family Mytilidae: smooth-shelled marine mussels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mytilus (Zoöl) A genus of marine bivalve shells, including the common mussel. See Illust. under Byssus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mytilus A genus of bivalves to which very different limits have been assigned. In modern systems it is the typical genus of Mytilidæ. characterized by its terminal umbones. M. edulis is the commonest mussel, found on most coasts, adhering by the byssus in multitudes to rocks, submerged wood, etc. They are often used for food, sometimes cultivated, and used in large quantities for manure. Also written Mytillus, Mytulus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mytilus mit′i-lus a genus of bivalves, or an individual bivalve belonging to it
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a sea mussel, Gr.

Usage

In literature:

The formation was produced at the time when ammonites, gryphites, oysters, Pecten, Mytilus, etc., etc., lived.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Mytilus, as fossil in the Andes.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Genres Pinna, Mytilus, Modiola, Nucula.
"Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution" by Alpheus Spring Packard
On the rocks we found a patella and a small chama, but we saw no mytilus.
"Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836" by Robert FitzRoy
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