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A bivalve of the group Mytilacea (now a superfamily), which comprises marine mussels.
Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the group Mytilacea of marine mussels.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From scientific Latin Mytilacea (H. M. D. de Blainville Man. de Malacologie et Conchyliologie 531; from Mytilus + -acea, after French Mytilacés (Cuvier, 1817), Mytilacées (Lamarck, 1819)) + -an.
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