Byssaceous Bys*sa"ceous, a. [From {Byssus}.] (Bot.) Byssuslike; consisting of fine fibers or threads, as some very delicate filamentous alg[ae]. [1913 Webster]

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  • byssaceous — adj. [Gr. byssos, fine flax] Composed of fine filaments …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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  • byssus —   n. filamentous tuft ( beard ) by which molluscs attach themselves; fine flax and fabric woven from it.    ♦ byssaceous, a. consisting of fine threads; like a byssus.    ♦ byssal, a.    ♦ byssiferous, a. having a byssus; tufted.    ♦ byssine, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • byssoid — ˈbiˌsȯid adjective Etymology: New Latin & Latin byssus + English oid 1. : byssaceous 2. : cottony 1 …   Useful english dictionary

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