byssus


bys·sus

noun \ˈbi-səs\
plural bys·sus·es or bys·si \-ˌsī, -(ˌ)sē\

Definition of BYSSUS

1
:  a fine probably linen cloth of ancient times
2
[New Latin, from Latin] :  a tuft of long tough filaments by which some bivalve mollusks (as mussels) adhere to a surface

Origin of BYSSUS

Middle English bissus, from Latin byssus, from Greek byssos flax, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew būṣ linen cloth
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BYSSUS

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: by–stake
Previous Word in the Dictionary: byssolite
All Words Near: byssus

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up byssus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).