• WordNet 3.6
    • n mussel marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that lives attached to rocks etc.
    • n mussel black marine bivalves usually steamed in wine
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dissection of fresh-water mussel Dissection of fresh-water mussel
Mussel Scale-Insect (Mytilaspis pomorum Mussel Scale-Insect (Mytilaspis pomorum

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mother-of pearl is not always white. It can be pink, blue, purple, gray, or even green. Nor is it produced only by the pearl oyster. The abalone and the pearl mussel both have shells that are lined with fine-quality mother-of-pearl.
    • Mussel (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.
    • Mussel (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of Unio, and related fresh-water genera; -- called also river mussel. See Naiad, and Unio.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mussels can thrive in polluted water because of an inborn ability to purify bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
    • n mussel 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mussel mus′l a. marine bivalve shellfish, used for food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Muscle, 3
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. muxle; Ger. muschel, Fr. moule; all from L. musculus.


In literature:

It was after midnight when Pierre crawled over to me again, and pointed to a black patch of mussel rocks below.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
Shawn watched Burney as he filled the big pot with mussels.
"Shawn of Skarrow" by James Tandy Ellis
The sea lay pure and blue before him, and mussel shells and sea pebbles, the playthings of his youth, crunched under his feet.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
We were three days and nights upon the rock, with nothing to eat except two biscuits, raw mussels and tangle!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847" by Various
I am the King Mussel, doomed to be a mussel so long as that wretch lived.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
Then there is life in a mussel after all.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
The boys are having a mussel-bake on the beach and they've sent for you.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Why heap together mussel-shells; and what did a boy expect to do with all the marbles he won?
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
Hath the mussel-pearl all power?
"The White Doe" by Sallie Southall Cotten
During all this excitement the main body of the tribe came straggling back along the beach from their hunting of whelks and mussels.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts

In poetry:

As for himself, he seems alert and thriving,—
Grubs up a living somehow— what, who knows?
Crabs? mussels? weeds? Look quick! there's one just diving!
Flop! Splash! his white breast glistens— down he goes!
"My Aviary" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

At a place called Mussel Bar, we figured we HAD to order some mussels .
We got a half order (means they are served alone, not with frites) of mussels with wild mushrooms, applewood-smoked bacon and truffle cream.
I'm writing this in response to the letter to the editor from Michael Henderson, getting his shorts in a knot over the scheduled increase in boat fees related to quagga and zebra mussels , in the Sept 28-Oct 11 issue of The Log.
(AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says zebra mussels have been found in Gilbert Pit, an old mine pit in St Louis County.
The DNR says it's the first time zebra mussels have been found in a mine pit lake, and the farthest north they have been seen in the state.
This undated photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a group of zebra mussels, taken from Lake Erie.
Bryan S Mussell, 24, 192 Grand St, was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief Thursday afternoon.
After some unforeseen delays, Meridian's R&R Public House is finally stocked and ready to start slinging cold brews, mussels and flatbreads.
A California company's plan to start a plant in Bangor that would produce a product to kill zebra mussels got closer to reality Tuesday.
Tom Nalepa Talks About Quagga Mussels.
Lake Erie's zebra and quagga mussel plague has gone nationwide.
Rayed bean and snuffbox mussels now endangered.
Zebra mussels spreading in Texas.
When Sugarland played Revel Ovation Hall a few weeks back, my husband and I decided to try Mussel Bar at Revel.
Mussels in mustard cream, $10, lobster roll, $27.

In science:

In particular, he is very grateful to U. M¨ussel for drawing the figures.
Theory of the Random Field Ising Model