Part of speech: noun

A small bivalve mollusk. muscle.

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Usage examples "mussel":

  1. In the immediate neighbourhood of Upsala, in Sweden, I had observed, in 1834, a ridge of stratified sand and gravel, in the midst of which occurs a layer of marl, evidently formed originally at the bottom of the Baltic, by the slow growth of the mussel, cockle, and other marine shells of living species, intermixed with some proper to fresh water. - "The Student's Elements of Geology", Sir Charles Lyell.
  2. Then came on the alleged mussel- soup. - "Foe-Farrell", Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.
  3. Some build two shells- the Oyster and Mussel do, as you know. - "On the Seashore", R. Cadwallader Smith.