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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MUSSEL

There was no welcome on Mrs. Mussel's mat, but I'm still glowing.

Mrs. Mussel gets five of it and the rest I may waste in riotous living.

The mussel whispered to the wind, who rushed off at once; and Sep launched his boat.

I am the King Mussel, doomed to be a mussel so long as that wretch lived.

The voices were thin and sharp as the edges of mussel shells.

Compare the mussel with the snail as to movements and shell.

Didn't I tell you that there's a world of work to be done over the mussel?

Its eyes were jellyfish, its hair of seaweed, and the mouth was like a mussel.

The Limnetis is enclosed in a bivalved shell, like a mussel.

In that case it might be a mussel, which is “cleft” in two shells.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English muscle, musscel "shellfish, mussel," from Late Latin muscula (source of Old French musle, Modern French moule, Middle Dutch mosscele, Dutch mossel, Old High German muscula, German Muschel), from Latin musculus "mussel," literally "little mouse," also "muscle;" like muscle, derived from mus "mouse" on the perceived similarity of size and shape. The modern spelling, distinguishing the word from muscle, first recorded c.1600, not fully established until 1870s.

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