- 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.
Origin of byssus
Examples from the Web for byssus
Historical Examples of byssus
The silky filaments or byssus by which some testacea adhere to rocks.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The byssus plays an important part in the organization of the mussel.The Ocean World:
In Crenatula also there is no passage for the byssus, as in Perna.
Flat, turned up at the sides, an hiatus for the passage of a byssus.
The animals swim like Lima, as above, and also spin a byssus.Illustrated Index of British Shells
George Brettingham Sowerby
- a mass of strong threads secreted by a sea mussel or similar mollusc that attaches the animal to a hard fixed surface