Definitions of mussel
  1. noun
    marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that lives attached to rocks etc.
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    marine mussel, mytilid
    marine bivalve mollusk having a dark elongated shell; live attached to solid objects especially in intertidal zones
    freshwater clam, freshwater mussel
    bivalve mollusk abundant in rivers of central United States
    Mytilus edulis, edible mussel
    a mussel with a dark shell that lives attached to rocks
    pearly-shelled mussel
    the pearly lining of the dark shells is a source of mother-of-pearl
    thin-shelled mussel
    mussel with thin fragile shells having only rudimentary hinge teeth
    Dreissena polymorpha, zebra mussel
    inch long mollusk imported accidentally from Europe; clogs utility inlet pipes and feeds on edible freshwater mussels
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    bivalve, lamellibranch, pelecypod
    marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together
  2. noun
    black marine bivalves usually steamed in wine
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    meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)
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