clam

A clam is a marine animal with two shells that eats by straining food from water, sand, or mud. You can sometimes find clams by digging in the sand close to the seashore.

The largest clams are used for food by humans, including the scallop, a particularly big form of clam. When you order soup in New England, it's not unlikely that it will be clam chowder, a creamy, thick stew with potatoes and pieces of clam. When clam is a verb, it means "to dig clams on the beach," and if your friend offers to pay you 1000 clams for your old car, she means "dollars."

Primary Meanings of clam

1.
nv
burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean
2.
n
a piece of paper money worth one dollar
Full Definitions of clam
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n burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness

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Mya arenaria, long-neck clam, soft-shell clam, steamer, steamer clam
an edible clam with thin oval-shaped shell found in coastal regions of the United States and Europe
Mercenaria mercenaria, Venus mercenaria, hard clam, hard-shell clam, quahaug, quahog, round clam
an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians
geoduck
a large edible clam found burrowing deeply in sandy mud along the Pacific coast of North America; weighs up to six pounds; has siphons that can extend to several feet and cannot be withdrawn into the shell
jackknife clam, knife-handle, razor clam
marine clam having a long narrow curved thin shell
Tridacna gigas, giant clam
a large clam inhabiting reefs in the southern Pacific and weighing up to 500 pounds
shipworm, teredinid
wormlike marine bivalve that bores into wooden piers and ships by means of drill-like shells
littleneck, littleneck clam
a young quahog
cherrystone, cherrystone clam
a half-grown quahog
teredo
typical shipworm
Bankia setaceae, giant northwest shipworm
giant shipworm of the Pacific coast of North America
Type of:
bivalve, lamellibranch, pelecypod
marine or freshwater mollusks having a soft body with platelike gills enclosed within two shells hinged together

n flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams

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hard-shell clam, quahaug, quahog, round clam
Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes
long-neck clam, soft-shell clam, steamer, steamer clam
a clam that is usually steamed in the shell
littleneck, littleneck clam
a quahog when young and small; usually eaten raw; an important food popular in New York
cherrystone, cherrystone clam
small quahog larger than a littleneck; eaten raw or cooked as in e.g. clams casino
Type of:
shellfish
meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)

v gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean

Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together
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n a piece of paper money worth one dollar

Synonyms:
buck, dollar, dollar bill, one dollar bill
Type of:
Federal Reserve note, bank bill, bank note, banker's bill, banknote, bill, government note, greenback, note
a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)

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