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byssus

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Noun

(wikipedia byssus) (en-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.
  • The long fine silky filaments excreted by several mollusks (particularly ) by which they attach themselves to the sea bed, and from which sea silk is manufactured.
  • (label) The stipe or stem of some fungi which are particularly thin and thread-like.
  • References

    * The Compact edition of the Oxford English dictionary: complete text reproduced micrographically and Supplement. Oxford at the Clarendon Press. 1987 * Webster's Third New International Dictionary (Unabridged) 1976. G. & C. Merriam Co. ----

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