byssus

noun
bys·sus | \ˈbi-səs \
plural byssuses or byssi\-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 (such as mussels) adhere to a surface

First Known Use of byssus

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for byssus

Middle English bissus, from Latin byssus, from Greek byssos flax, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew būṣ linen cloth

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