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mus·sel

mussel

 
pronunciation:
muh sl
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part of speech: noun
definition: an animal with a soft body and a hard shell made of two hinged pieces that open and close. Many kinds of mussels live in the ocean and in fresh water. Mussels are mollusks and are closely related to clams and oysters. People eat some kinds of mussels.
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The words mussel and muscle (a body part) sound alike but have different meanings.
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  food, invertebrate, mollusk