noun, plural bys·sus·es, bys·si [bis-ahy] /ˈbɪs aɪ/.
Origin of byssus
Examples from the Web for byssus
Historical Examples of 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
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
The margins of the mantle are doubly fringed, and the byssus is extremely powerful.The Sea Shore
William S. Furneaux