[n] - tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface
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Bys'sus noun ; plural English Byssuses ; Latin Byssi . [ Latin byssus fine flax, fine linen or cotton, Greek by`ssos .] 1. A cloth of exceedingly fine texture, used by the ancients. It is disputed w...
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1. A cloth of exceedingly fine texture, used by the ancients. It is disputed whether it was of cotton, linen, or silk. ... Alternative forms: byss and byssin. ... 2. <marine biology> A tuft of long, tough filaments which are formed in a groove of the foot, and issue from between the valves of ...
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beard noun tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface
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• (n.) A tuft of long, tough filaments which are formed in a groove of the foot, and issue from between the valves of certain bivalve mollusks, as the Pinna and Mytilus, by which they attach themselves to rocks, etc. • (n.) An obsolete name for certain fungi composed of slender threads. &b...
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(from the article `ark shell`) ...seas, with relatively few occurring in temperate areas. Ark shells are slow-moving or sedentary. Many species, especially those of the genera Arca ... [4 related articles]
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byssus (s), byssi (pl) 1. In zoology, a mass of strong, silky filaments by which certain bivalve mollusks; such as, mussels, which attach themselves to rocks and other fixed surfaces. 2. A fine-textured linen of ancient times, used by the Egyptians for wrapping mummies.
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Byssus means both the silky filaments by which certain bivalve molluscs attach themselves to hard surfaces, and a rare fabric, also called sea silk made from that fibre source. ==Word== The English term byssus or bissus (plural byssuses or byssi) originated in John Trevisa`s translation (1398) of B...
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Byssus are the silky threads by means of which many bivalves attach themselves to a firm surface. The byssus threads are secreted in a gland in the foot which is the homologue of the mucus gland of the snail, and can be speedily renewed if severed. They are seen in very simple form in the common edi...
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fr. Greek bussos, fine linen
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1) Beard 2) Fiber 3) Fibre
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