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mussel

(mŭs′əl)
n.
1. Any of various marine bivalve mollusks that attach to hard surfaces in intertidal areas with byssal threads, especially the edible members of the family Mytilidae and in particular Mytilus edulis, a blue-black species of the North Atlantic Ocean, raised commercially for food.
2. Any of numerous freshwater bivalve mollusks of the order Unionoida that burrow in the sand or mud of rivers, streams, and ponds.
3. Any of several similar bivalve mollusks, such as the zebra mussel.

mussel

A bivalve mollusk belonging to the class Pelecypoda.

mussel

the bivalve mollusc Mytilus edulis.

mussel

there is a great variety of mussels; some of which are farmed commercially for human food, e.g. Mytilus, Perna spp. See Table 23.