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mussel

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noun mus·sel \ˈmə-səl\

Simple Definition of mussel

  • : a type of shellfish that has a long dark shell

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mussel

  1. 1 :  a marine bivalve mollusk (especially genus Mytilus) usually having a dark elongated shell

  2. 2 :  a freshwater bivalve mollusk (as of Unio, Anodonta, or related genera) that is especially abundant in rivers of the central United States and has a shell with a lustrous nacreous lining

Origin of mussel

Middle English muscle, from Old English muscelle, from Vulgar Latin *muscula, from Latin musculus muscle, mussel


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with mussel


MUSSEL Defined for Kids

mussel

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noun mus·sel \ˈmə-səl\

Definition of mussel for Students

  1. 1 :  a saltwater shellfish that has a long dark shell in two parts and is sometimes used as food

  2. 2 :  a freshwater clam of the United States with shells from which mother-of-pearl is obtained




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