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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

clamklæm(n.; v.)clammed, clam•ming.

  1. (n.)any of various usu. edible bivalve mollusks with equal shells closed by two adductor muscles, inhabiting shallow seas or fresh waters.

    Category: Invertebrates

    Ref: Compare quahog.

  2. Informal. a secretive or silent person.

    Category: Informal

  3. Slang. a dollar or the sum of a dollar.

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. (v.i.)to gather or dig clams.

  5. clam up,Informal. to refuse to talk or reply:

    so shy that he clams up in public.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

Origin of clam:

1585–95; short for clamshell, with clam clamp (now dial.; ME; OE: bond, fetter, c. OHG chlamma )

clam′mer(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clam(noun)

    burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness

  2. dollar, dollar bill, one dollar bill, buck, clam(noun)

    a piece of paper money worth one dollar

  3. clam(verb)

    flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams

  4. clam(verb)

    gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. clam(noun)æm

    a shellfish with a two-part shell

  2. clam(verb)æm

    to refuse or be unable to talk

    She worried she would clam up in the interview.

Wiktionary

  1. clam(Noun)

    A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those that are edible; as, the long clam (Mya arenaria), the quahog or round clam (Venus mercenaria), the sea clam or hen clam (Spisula solidissima), and other species of the United States. The name is said to have been given originally to the Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian bivalve.

  2. clam(Noun)

    Strong pincers or forceps.

  3. clam(Noun)

    A kind of vise, usually of wood.

  4. clam(Noun)

    A dollar (usually used in the plural). Possibly originating from the term wampum.

    Those sneakers cost me fifty clams!

  5. clam(Noun)

    A Scientologist.

  6. clam(Verb)

    To dig for clams.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clam(verb)

    a bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those that are edible; as, the long clam (Mya arenaria), the quahog or round clam (Venus mercenaria), the sea clam or hen clam (Spisula solidissima), and other species of the United States. The name is said to have been given originally to the Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian bivalve

  2. Clam(verb)

    strong pinchers or forceps

  3. Clam(verb)

    a kind of vise, usually of wood

  4. Clam(verb)

    to clog, as with glutinous or viscous matter

  5. Clam(verb)

    to be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere

  6. Clam(noun)

    claminess; moisture

  7. Clam(noun)

    a crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at once

  8. Clam

    to produce, in bell ringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang

Freebase

  1. Clam

    In the United States, "clam" can be used in several different ways: First, as a general term covering all bivalve molluscs. The word can also be used in a more limited sense, means that of cave sediments bivalves, rather than those attached to the substrate, or those who can swim, like scallops. In addition, the mussels can be used in a more limited sense, refers to one or more varieties of commonly consumed marine bivalves, in the phrase clam chowder, which means that shellfish soup usually clams . Many edible bivalves are roughly oval-shaped; however, the Pacific razor clam has an elongated, parallel-sided shell, the shape of the show, an old-fashioned straight razor. In the United Kingdom, "clam" is one of the common names of various species of marine bivalve mollusc, but it is not used as a general term to cover edible clams that burrow, and it is not used as a general term for all bivalves. Numerous edible marine bivalve species live buried in sand or mud, and respire by means of siphons, which reach to the surface. In the United States, these clams are collected by "digging for clams" or clam digging. In October 2007 an Arctica islandica clam, caught off the coast of Iceland, was discovered to be at least 405 years old, and was declared the world's oldest living animal by researchers from Bangor University; it was later named Ming.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

clam(noun)

a shellfish with two shells joined together, used as food.

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