Variant of byssus
- a fine fabric, esp. a linen cloth, used by the ancients, as in Egypt for mummy wrapping
- Zool. a tuft of filaments, chemically similar to silk, secreted by various marine bivalves, esp. the mussels, and used to attach the mollusk to the substratum
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek byssos, fine linen or cotton ; from Semitic as inch(es) Classical Hebrew (language) buts ; from Semitic an unverified form b-w-tz, to be white
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