burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
dollar, dollar bill, one dollar bill, buck, clam(noun)
a piece of paper money worth one dollar
flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams
gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean
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.
Strong pincers or forceps.
A kind of vise, usually of wood.
A dollar (usually used in the plural). Possibly originating from the term wampum.
Those sneakers cost me fifty clams!
To dig for clams.
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
strong pinchers or forceps
a kind of vise, usually of wood
to clog, as with glutinous or viscous matter
to be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere
a crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at once
to produce, in bell ringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang
Origin: [Cf. Clamp, Clam, v. t., Clammy.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
klam, n. a species of bivalve shellfish: an instrument for holding. [A.S. clam, fetter; cf. Ger. klamm; Dan. klamme.]
klam, v.t. to clog: to smear; pr.p. clam′ming; pa.p. clammed.—n. dampness.—adv. Clam′mily.—n. Clam′miness.—adj. Clam′my, sticky: moist and adhesive. [A.S. clæman, to anoint; cf. Dut., Dan. klam, damp.]
klam, n. noise produced in ringing a chime of bells at once.—v.t. or v.i. to produce a clam. [Prob. onomatopœic.]
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The numerical value of CLAM in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of CLAM in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Drink the clam juice.
Hillary is doing great, happy as a clam.
I found about twice as much precipitate in the disturbed clam than in the calm clam that I just left alone.
I think the Hainanese have essentially taken out all the giant clam shells from the South China Sea, dead or alive.
It varies widely. Some appoint outside independent blue-ribbon commissions to investigate and issue a public report, others investigate internally with or without a public report and some clam up entirely.
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- cloïssaCatalan, Valencian
- ᐁᓯᐢ, ᐁᓴCree
- cragen fylchogWelsh
- Venusmuschel, MuschelGerman
- palourde, praireFrench
- vongola, arsella, tellinaItalian
- アサリ, ハマグリ, 浅蜊, 蛤Japanese
- musling, blåskjellNorwegian
- chʼosh bitsʼaʼ doolkʼoolígííNavajo, Navaho
- esOjibwe, Ojibwa
- moluscă comestibilăRomanian
- двустворчатый моллюск, моллюскRussian
- školjka, шкољкаSerbo-Croatian
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