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 for river mussel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mussel \Mus"sel\, n. [See Muscle, 3.]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of many species of marine bivalve shells
        of the genus Mytilus, and related genera, of the family
        Mytidae.+The+common+mussel+({Mytilus+edulis">Mytidae. The common mussel ({Mytilus edulis; see
        Illust. under Byssus), and the larger, or horse, mussel
        ({Modiola modiolus), inhabiting the shores both of Europe
        and America, are edible. The former is extensively used as
        food in Europe.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Unio, and related
        fresh-water genera; -- called also river mussel. See
        Naiad, and Unio.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Mussel digger (Zool.), the grayback whale. See Gray
        whale, under Gray.
        [1913 Webster]

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