Definition of byssus:
- A cloth of exceedingly fine texture, used by the ancients. It is disputed whether it was of cotton, linen, or silk.
- A tuft of long, tough filaments which are formed in a groove of the foot, and issue from between the valves of certain bivalve mollusks, as the Pinna and Mytilus, by which they attach themselves to rocks, etc.
- An obsolete name for certain fungi composed of slender threads.
Away with thee, and look to it That thou bringst me what I ask: Gowns of costly stuff, Earrings, chains, and veils; A house with many windows; Mortars, lounges, sieves, Baskets, kettles, pots, Glasses, settles, brooms, Beakers, closets, flasks, Shovels, basins, bowls, Spindle, distaff, blankets, Buckets, ewers, barrels, Skillets, forks, and knives; Vinaigrettes and mirrors; Kerchiefs, turbans, reticules, Crescents, amulets, Rings and jewelled clasps; Girdles, buckles, bodices, Kirtles, caps, and waists; Garments finely spun, Rare byssus from the East.- "Jewish Literature and Other Essays", Gustav Karpeles.
Balancing the immediate material gain against the inevitable moral loss, I was almost persuaded to self- denial, when, with a sudden impulse, begot of the consciousness of rightful acquisition, the pinna was forcibly yet carefully drawn out of the sand in which it was deeply embedded and in which it was anchored by toughened byssus.- "Tropic Days", E. J. Banfield.
- "The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians", E. A. Wallis Budge.