byssus

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noun bys·sus \ ˈbi-səs \

Definition of byssus

plural byssuses or byssi play \-ˌsī, -(ˌ)sē\
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

Origin and Etymology of byssus

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


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