mussel

[muhs-uh l]
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noun
  1. any bivalve mollusk, especially an edible marine bivalve of the family Mytilidae and a freshwater clam of the family Unionidae.

Origin of mussel

before 1000; Middle English, Old English muscle < Vulgar Latin *mūscula, variant of Latin mūsculus little mouse, sea mussel. See muscle
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  • There was no welcome on Mrs. Mussel's mat, but I'm still glowing.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • Mrs. Mussel gets five of it and the rest I may waste in riotous living.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • The mussel whispered to the wind, who rushed off at once; and Sep launched his boat.

    The Magic World

    Edith Nesbit

  • I am the King Mussel, doomed to be a mussel so long as that wretch lived.

    The Magic World

    Edith Nesbit

  • The voices were thin and sharp as the edges of mussel shells.

    The Magic World

    Edith Nesbit


British Dictionary definitions for mussel

mussel

noun
  1. 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,
  2. 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 for mussel

Old English muscle, from Vulgar Latin muscula (unattested), from Latin musculus, diminutive of mūs mouse
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Word Origin and History for mussel
n.

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.

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