noun, plural bys·sus·es, bys·si [bis-ahy] /ˈbɪs aɪ/.
Origin of byssus
Related formsbys·sa·ceous [bih-sey-shuh s] /bɪˈseɪ ʃəs/, bys·soid, adjectivebys·sal, adjective
Examples from the Web for byssus
The byssus is unknown to us, but the stuffs of Lyons are more valuable.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The mummy lay on a mattress of striped byssus, the head on a byssus pillow.The Tour|Louis Couperus
Lima; members of this genus form a nest by means of the byssus, or swim by clapping the valves of the shell together.
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 margins of the mantle are doubly fringed, and the byssus is extremely powerful.The Sea Shore|William S. Furneaux