mus·​sel | \ ˈmə-səl How to pronounce mussel (audio) \

Definition of mussel

1 : a marine bivalve mollusk (especially genus Mytilus) usually having a dark elongated shell
2 : a freshwater bivalve mollusk (as of Unio, Anodonta, or related genera) that is especially abundant in rivers of the central U.S. and has a shell lined with mother-of-pearl

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The same goes for shellfish like mussels and clams—use the shells, ditch the meat. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Start Composting," 8 Jan. 2019 The chef paired mussels with winter brassicas and grains partly covered with dehydrated leaves. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Commis is only one jewel in James Syhabout’s crown," 5 Mar. 2018 Mejillones con Azafran, steamed saffron mussels, are laced with saffron, sherry, garlic, and thyme. Robin Currie,, "Bring the tapas bar home with 'Boqueria'," 5 July 2018 Pickled mussels and scallops cured in kombu and washed in seawater are served in sheep’s yogurt and dill, overwhelmingly briny. Devra First,, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 Steak, cooked rice, cheese, mussels and eggs were all also being kept slightly above the mandated temperatures. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Oak Park Brewing Co. reopens after pest infestation | The Sacramento Bee," 22 May 2018 Seafood is obviously a must-have here, and pretty much every restaurant will have clams, mussels, scallops, cod, and lobster on the menu—the way a restaurant interprets those ingredients is where things get interesting. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "This Maine Island Might Be the Most Beautiful Spot in New England," 22 Aug. 2018 Tightly cover the pot and cook over medium-high heat for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are soft and clams and mussels have opened. Emily Weinberger, Good Housekeeping, "Easiest Ever Clambake," 7 July 2013 Substitute smoked mussels in place of smoked salmon on your next appetizer tray. Grace Dickinson,, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of mussel

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mussel

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

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English Language Learners Definition of mussel

: a type of shellfish that has a long dark shell


mus·​sel | \ ˈmə-səl How to pronounce mussel (audio) \

Kids Definition of mussel

1 : a saltwater shellfish that has a long dark shell in two parts and is sometimes used as food
2 : a freshwater clam of the United States with shells from which mother-of-pearl is obtained

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