zebra mussel


Definition of zebra mussel

: a chiefly freshwater Eurasian lamellibranch mollusk (Dreissena polymorpha) that was accidentally introduced into the Great Lakes and has spread to other waterways where it colonizes and clogs water intake pipes and competes with native fish for food

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Recent Examples on the Web This is a problem that has not been remedied since the zebra mussel's discovery. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Daryl Gohl, group leader of the University of Minnesota Genomics Center Innovation Lab, was among the researchers who sequenced the genome of the zebra mussel, published in 2019, and is now working on the RNAi project. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 30 July 2021 But trading Bryant or Báez while the Cubs are in contention would make Hoyer about as popular in Chicago as a zebra mussel. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 31 May 2021 As of Thursday, pet stores in more than 30 states found the invasive zebra mussel hidden among moss balls on their shelves. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Mar. 2021 The zebra mussel is native to the eastern European region, in the Black and Caspian seas. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2021 After notifying local officials, USGS fisheries biologist Wesley Daniel took a trip to a pet store in Florida only to discover a zebra mussel in a moss ball there too, suggesting the issue was widespread. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2021 Amid those concerns, Indiana DNR recommends that anyone who purchased moss balls from a pet or aquarium store this year to decontaminate and destroy the product — even if a zebra mussel is not clearly visible. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Mar. 2021 Jabbour compared the zebra mussel battle to the search for treatments for COVID-19. Katy Read, Star Tribune, 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of zebra mussel

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zebra mussel

so named from a comparison of the irregular dark striping on the shell to a zebra's stripes

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“Zebra mussel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zebra%20mussel. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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