Definition of mussel in English:

mussel

Line breaks: mus¦sel
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌs(ə)l
 
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noun

Any of a number of bivalve molluscs with a brown or purplish-black shell:
  • a marine bivalve which uses byssus threads to anchor to a firm surface (family Mytilidae, order Mytiloidea), including the edible mussel (Mytilus edulis).a freshwater bivalve which typically lies on the bed of a river, some species forming small pearls (family Unionidae, order Unionoida).
More example sentences
  • The shop also has a wide range of seafood including tiger prawns, mussels, sea bream and breaded crab claws.
  • Add the vegetables, watercress and shelled mussels and clams to this, season to taste and serve.
  • Extract the meat from most of the mussels and discard the shells.

Origin

Old English mus(c)le, superseded by forms from Middle Low German mussel, Middle Dutch mosscele; ultimately from late Latin muscula, from Latin musculus (see muscle).

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