- any bivalve mollusk, especially an edible marine bivalve of the family Mytilidae and a freshwater clam of the family Unionidae.
Origin of mussel
Examples from the Web for mussel
Page Six says they dined on mussel soup, crayfish and artichoke risotto at a tony Venetian restaurant.Venice Wedding Bells for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 10, 2014
There was no welcome on Mrs. Mussel's mat, but I'm still glowing.
Mrs. Mussel gets five of it and the rest I may waste in riotous living.
The mussel whispered to the wind, who rushed off at once; and Sep launched his boat.
I am the King Mussel, doomed to be a mussel so long as that wretch lived.
The voices were thin and sharp as the edges of mussel shells.
- any of various marine bivalves of the genus Mytilus and related genera, esp M. edulis (edible mussel), having a dark slightly elongated shell and living attached to rocks, etc,
- any of various freshwater bivalves of the genera Anodonta, Unio, etc, attached to rocks, sand, etc having a flattened oval shell (a source of mother-of-pearl). The zebra mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, can be a serious nuisance in water mains
Word Origin and History for mussel
Old English muscle, musscel "shellfish, mussel," from Late Latin muscula (source of Old French musle, Modern French moule, Middle Dutch mosscele, Dutch mossel, Old High German muscula, German Muschel), from Latin musculus "mussel," literally "little mouse," also "muscle;" like muscle, derived from mus "mouse" on the perceived similarity of size and shape. The modern spelling, distinguishing the word from muscle, first recorded c.1600, not fully established until 1870s.