Meaning of mussel in English
EtymologyOld English mus(c)le, superseded by forms from Middle Low German mussel, Middle Dutch mosscele; ultimately from late Latin muscula, from Latin musculus (see muscle)
Definitions1. black marine bivalves usually steamed in wine
- 2. marine or freshwater bivalve mollusk that lives attached to rocks etc.
- « There is only one home to the life of a river-mussel there is only one home to the life of a tortoise there is only one shell to the soul of man: there is only one world to the spirit of our race. If that world leaves its course and smashes on boulders of the great void, whose world will give us shelter? » Wole Soyinka