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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I see increasing numbers of anemones and a couple of empty mussel shells.
▪ Divide the mussels and prawns between the plates.
▪ I see increasing numbers of anemones and a couple of empty mussel shells.
▪ Not until I understood the inextricable connection between mussels and crabs was I able to see both crabs and mussels at once.
▪ Reduce by about a third, then add cream and mussels and cover.
▪ The linguini with mussels marinara was yet another marvel.
▪ They are best used for cocktail savouries, but the cheaper mussels make a very tasty pasta sauce.
▪ To vary the casserole, add 3-4 prepared scallops or a small jar of drained mussels.
▪ You can also try beef heart, mussel, chicken, liver prawn and the like.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mussel \Mus"sel\, n. [See Muscle, 3.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of many species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Mytilus, and related genera, of the family Mytid[ae]. The common mussel ( Mytilus edulis; see Illust. under Byssus), and the larger, or horse, mussel ( Modiola modiolus), inhabiting the shores both of Europe and America, are edible. The former is extensively used as food in Europe.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of Unio, and related fresh-water genera; -- called also river mussel. See Naiad, and Unio.

    Mussel digger (Zo["o]l.), the grayback whale. See Gray whale, under Gray.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English muscle, musscel "shellfish, mussel," from Late Latin muscula (source of Old French musle, Modern French moule, Middle Dutch mosscele, Dutch mossel, Old High German muscula, German Muschel), from Latin musculus "mussel," literally "little mouse," also "muscle;" like muscle, derived from mus "mouse" on the perceived similarity of size and shape. The modern spelling, distinguishing the word from muscle, first recorded c.1600, not fully established until 1870s.


n. 1 Any of several groups of bivalve shellfish with elongated, asymmetrical shells 2 # fresh water mussels, usually edible, of the order ''(taxlink Unionoida suborder noshow=1)'' in subclass ''(taxlink Palaeoheterodonta subclass noshow=1)''. 3 # salt water mussels, usually edible, of the order ''(taxlink Mytiloida order noshow=1)'' in subclass ''(taxlink Pteriomorpha subclass noshow=1)''. 4 # Certain other bivalves of somewhat similar appearance, such as the zebra mussel and quagga mussel of the family ''(taxlink Dreissenidae family noshow=1)'' in subclass Heterodonta.

  1. n. black marine bivalves usually steamed in wine

  2. marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that lives attached to rocks etc.


Mussel is the common name used for members of several families of clams or bivalve molluscs, from saltwater and freshwater habitats. These groups have in common a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with other edible clams, which are often more or less rounded or oval.

The word "mussel" is most frequently used to mean the edible bivalves of the marine family Mytilidae, most of which live on exposed shores in the intertidal zone, attached by means of their strong byssal threads ("beard") to a firm substrate. A few species (in the genus Bathymodiolus) have colonised hydrothermal vents associated with deep ocean ridges.

In most marine mussels the shell is longer than it is wide, being wedge-shaped or asymmetrical. The external colour of the shell is often dark blue, blackish, or brown, while the interior is silvery and somewhat nacreous.

The common name "mussel" is also used for many freshwater bivalves, including the freshwater pearl mussels. Freshwater mussel species inhabit lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, canals, and they are classified in a different subclass of bivalves, despite some very superficial similarities in appearance.

Freshwater zebra mussels and their relatives in the family Dreissenidae are not related to previously mentioned groups, even though they resemble many Mytilus species in shape, and live attached to rocks and other hard surfaces in a similar manner, using a byssus. They are classified with the Heterodonta, the taxonomic group which includes most of the bivalves commonly referred to as "clams".

Usage examples of "mussel".

They were halfway through their entree, Lo Manto savoring a mixed grill of squid, shrimp, scallops, eel, clams, and mussels and a large tomato and red onion salad while Felipe devoured a steak pizza iola garlic mashed potatoes, and a side of marinated eggplant.

Start with a thin-crust pizza, fried calamari with spicy lemon aioli, a cheese plate, or the signature fig and arugula salad, move on to braised pot roast with mashed potatoes and vegetables or mussels in a garlic, leek, and tarragon sauce with fries, and finish with a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.

There were always people swimming off the new quay or splashing about in coracles and small boats, and men working at the fish traps and the shoals at the mouth of the shallow Breas where razorshell mussels were cultivated, and divers hunting for urchins and abalone amongst the holdfasts of stands of giant kelp whose long blades formed vast brown slicks on the surface of the river.

When the hunters tired of fishing, and when they wearied of crossing the sand-dunes and the glaring, shimmering beachglaring and shimmering on every fine day of summer-to poke off the mussels and spear the butterfish and groper, they pushed through the Ceratopetalums and the burrawangs, and, following the tortuous bed of the principal creek amid the ferns and the moss and the vines and the myrtles, gradually ascending, they entered the sub-tropical patch where the ferns were huge and lank and staghorns clustered on rocks and trees, and the beautiful Dendrobium clung, and the supplejacks and leatherwoods and bangalow palms ran up in slender height, and that pretty massive parasite-the wild fig-made its umbrageous shade, as has been written.

Chicken cacciatore for me, mussels in clam sauce over a bed of linguini for him.

And when I am tempted to speak, I turn my attention to the black snails that feed on the algae covering the cordgrass, to the clam worms as big as small snakes that feed on dead razor clams, to the ribbed mussels that poke halfway out of the mud.

The intertidal zone and the tidal pools were rich with blue mussels, barnacles, starfish, horseshoe crabs, and sea anemones, living fossils whose history went back hundreds of millions of years, and he had decided Eleanor would enjoy that.

The waiter had recommended the fresh mussels steamed in white wine sauce, and Dan, repeating the experience of the Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, had settled for two appetizers: the mussels and an order of the fried calamari, plus an entire bottle of chilled Lacrima Christi and a basket of their excellent bread.

There was the new quay which ran across the mudflats and stands of zebra grass of the old, silted harbor to the retreating edge of the Great River, where the fisherfolk of the floating islands gathered in their little coracles to sell strings of oysters and mussels, spongy parcels of red river moss, bundles of riverweed stipes, and shrimp and crabs and fresh fish.

Even more varied and underappreciated than the salamander is the freshwater mussel.

There was cilantro-marinated shrimp, roasted mussels, fresh ham, Vidalia onions, and summer squashes.

They made no plans, but fished, gathered mussels and abalones, and climbed among the rocks as the moment moved them.

The Musselim or Governor, with the chief agas of the city, mounted on horses superbly caparisoned, and attended by slaves, meet, commonly on Sunday morning, on their playground.

She watched the small boys on a day when she had eaten nothing, and emulated them, gathering mussels from the rocks at low water, cooking them by placing them among the coals of a fire she built on top of the wall.

They had not intended to spend the afternoon, but found themselves too fascinated to turn away from the breakers bursting upon the rocks and from the many kinds of colorful sea life starfish, crabs, mussels, sea anemones, and, once, in a rock-pool, a small devilfish that chilled their blood when it cast the hooded net of its body around the small crabs they tossed to it.