byssus

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noun bys·sus \ˈbi-səs\

Definition of byssus

plural

byssuses

or

byssi

play \-ˌsī, -(ˌ)sē\
  1. 1 :  a fine probably linen cloth of ancient times

  2. 2 [New Latin, from Latin] :  a tuft of long tough filaments by which some bivalve mollusks (as mussels) adhere to a surface

Origin and Etymology 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


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