What is clam?

  • (verb): Gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean.
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In the United States, "clam" can be used in several different ways: one, as a general term covering all bivalve molluscs. The word can also be used in a more limited sense, to mean bivalves that burrow in sediment, as opposed to ones that attach themselves to the substrate (for example oysters and mussels), or ones that can swim and are migratory, like scallops. In addition "clam" can be used in an even more limited sense, to mean one or more species of commonly consumed marine bivalves, as in the phrase clam chowder, meaning shellfish soup usually made using the hard clam. Many edible bivalves have a roughly oval shape; however, the edible Pacific razor clam has an elongated, parallel-sided shell, whose shape suggests that of an old-fashioned straight razor.

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Shen (clam-monster) - Meanings - Large Shellfish
... or mollusk, identified as an oyster, mussel, or giant clam such as the Pearl of Lao Tzu ... term for "mollusca", the Erya defines it as a large yao (珧) which means shellfish, clam, scallop, or mother-of-pearl ... of the Han Dynasty defines it a large ge (蛤), meaning clam, oyster, shellfish, or bivalve ...
Clam Bay, Nova Scotia
44.732806°N 62.920222°W / 44.732806 -62.920222 Clam Bay in Nova Scotia Clam Bay is a community of the Halifax Regional Municipality in the ...
Clam, Virginia
... Clam is an unincorporated community in Accomack County, Virginia, United States. ...
Lawrence Woodman
... was an entrepreneur and restaurant owner who legend has it invented the Ipswich fried clam ... He opened Woodman's of Essex, first as a clam shack, with his wife Bessie on Main Street in Essex, Massachusetts and sold freshly dug steamer clams as ... Legend has it that Woodman invented fried clams on July 3, 1916 ...
Meretrix Lyrata
... Cytherea lyrata The lyrate Asiatic hard clam, Meretrix lyrata, also known simply as the hard clam (Vietnamese Nghêu Bến Tre), is an edible saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusc in the family Veneridae, the ...

More definitions of "clam":

  • (noun): Flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams.
  • (noun): Burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud.

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    Over the low, barnacled, elephant-colored rocks,
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