Zoology. a collection of silky filaments by which certain mollusks attach themselves to rocks.
an ancient cloth, thought to be of linen, cotton, or silk.
- bys·sa·ceous [bih-sey-shuhs], /bɪˈseɪ ʃəs/, byssoid, adjective
- byssal, adjective
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How to use byssus in a sentence
The Serica347 also are of a similar kind, and are made of dry byssus, which is obtained from some sort of bark of plants.
The meaning of the word byssus has been disputed; some authorities asserting that it includes both flax and cotton fabrics.Needlework As Art | Marian Alford
The foot is usually provided with a byssus by which the animal fixes itself to a little projection on the side of its burrow.The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
The mantle of the animal is open, and the margins of the lobes fringed; and the small foot spins a powerful byssus.The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
The mummy lay on a mattress of striped byssus, the head on a byssus pillow.The Tour | Louis Couperus
British Dictionary definitions for byssus
a mass of strong threads secreted by a sea mussel or similar mollusc that attaches the animal to a hard fixed surface
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