Byssoid Bys"soid, a. [Byssus + -oid.] Byssaceous. [1913 Webster]

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  • byssus — noun a) 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. b) The long fine silky filaments excreted by several mollusks… …   Wiktionary

  • 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

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