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  1. Veneridae, family Veneridae(noun)

    hard-shell clams

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  1. Veneridae

    The Veneridae or venerids, common name the Venus clams, are a very large family of minute to large, saltwater clams, marine bivalve molluscs. There are over 500 living species of venerid bivalves, most of which are edible, and many of which are exploited as a food source. Many of the most important edible species are commonly known simply as "clams". Venerids make up a significant proportion of the world fishery of edible bivalves. The family includes some species that are important commercially, such as the hard clam or quahog, Mercenaria mercenaria.

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