The words muscles, mussels sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do muscles, mussels sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: muscles, mussels are homophones of the English language.
Plural form of muscle.
Third-person singular simple present indicative form of muscle.
Plural form of mussel. Cooked mussels
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Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.