Definition of Byssus

1. Noun. Tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface.

Exact synonyms: Beard
Generic synonyms: Fiber, Fibre



Definition of Byssus

1. n. A cloth of exceedingly fine texture, used by the ancients. It is disputed whether it was of cotton, linen, or silk.

Definition of Byssus

1. Noun. An exceptionally fine and valuable fibre or cloth of ancient times. Originally used for fine flax and linens, its use was later extended to fine cottons, silks, and sea silk. ¹

2. Noun. The long fine silky filaments excreted by several mollusks (particularly ''Pinna nobilis'') by which they attach themselves to the sea bed, from which sea silk is manufactured. ¹

3. Noun. The stipe or stem of some fungi which are particularly thin and thread-like. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Byssus

1. a fine linen [n BYSSUSES or BYSSI] : BYSSAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Byssus

1. 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. 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. 3. An obsolete name for certain fungi composed of slender threads. Origin: L. Byssus fine flax, fine linen or cotton, Gr. (21 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Byssus

byspeech
byspel
byspell
byspells
byspels
byssaceous
byssal
byssi
byssiferous
byssine
byssinoses
byssinosis
byssinotic
byssoid
byssolite
byssus (current term)
byssuses
bystander
bystander effect
bystander help
bystanders
bystreet
bystreets
bystrite
bytale
bytalk
bytalks
byte
bytecode
bytecodes

Literary usage of Byssus

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1. Manners and customs of the ancient Egyptians: Including Their Private Life by John Gardner Wilkinson (1837)
"It now remains to inquire into the nature of the byssus, in which I confess considerable difficulty presents itself, owing to the Hebrew shash being ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"... purple, and scarlet. girdle also of byssus, inwoven \vith 2) there were inwoven flowers, and the ends of the girdle hung down to the ground, ..."

3. The Intellectual Observer (1866)
"Under Side of Foot enlarged ; a Portion of the Integument removed. A, Groove; it, Substance of the Foot uncovered; C, Glandular Portion. byssus is the name ..."

4. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"Foot with a very stout byssus. Gills fused to the mantle. ... Foot much reduced and without byssus. Heart usually on the ventral side of the rectum. ..."

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