Definition of byssal in US English:

byssal

adjective

  • See byssus

    • ‘It may have facilitated strong byssal attachment in turbulent shallow-water environments.’
    • ‘The chemistry involved and significance, if any, to cross-linking in byssal adhesive plaques remain unknown.’
    • ‘Mussels in the top layers have difficulty accessing primary substrate and must instead attach byssal threads to neighboring shells.’
    • ‘The mechanical behavior of byssal threads is therefore complex, and it can be somewhat perplexing as to what function many of these unusual properties serve.’
    • ‘As the right valve of the species, and accordingly the structure of its byssal area is unknown, its generic affiliation remains uncertain.’

Pronunciation

byssal

/-səl/