zebra musselzebra mussel
a small, European freshwater mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) that clusters densely on surfaces, clogging water-supply lines, encrusting boat hulls, etc.: it was carried to the Great Lakes in the mid-1980s
Origin of zebra musselso named from its striped shell
A small freshwater mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) usually having a striped shell, native to the Black and Caspian Seas but now widespread in European and North American lakes and rivers.
(plural zebra mussels)
- A striped mussel, Dreissena polymorpha, originating in Russia.
- Zebra mussels are causing significant problems as an invasive species in North America.