clam

Definitions

  • Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc
    Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v clam gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean
    • n clam burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
    • n clam flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams
    • n clam a piece of paper money worth one dollar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tridacna clam can grow up to four feet long and weigh up to 500 pounds
    • Clam (Zoöl) 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. "You shall scarce find any bay or shallow shore, or cove of sand, where you may not take many clampes , or lobsters, or both, at your pleasure.""Clams , or clamps , is a shellfish not much unlike a cockle; it lieth under the sand."
    • n Clam A crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at once.
    • Clam (Mech) A kind of vise, usually of wood.
    • n Clam Claminess; moisture. "The clam of death."
    • Clam (Ship Carp) Strong pinchers or forceps.
    • v. i Clam To be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere.
    • v. t Clam clăm To clog, as with glutinous or viscous matter. "A swarm of wasps got into a honey pot, and there they cloyed and clammed Themselves till there was no getting out again."
    • v. t. & i Clam To produce, in bell ringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Massachusetts, it is forbidden to put tomatoes in clam chowder.
    • n clam A clamp (see clamp); in plural, forceps, pincers. Specifically— A clamp or vise of wood used by carpenters, etc.
    • n clam A stick laid across a stream of water to serve as a bridge.
    • n clam A rat-trap.
    • clam To press together; compress; pinch.
    • clam To clog up; close by pressure; shut.
    • clam To castrate, as a bull or ram, by compression.
    • clam To rumple; crease.
    • clam To snatch.
    • clam To pinch with hunger; emaciate; starve.
    • clam To stick close.
    • clam To grope or grasp ineffectually.
    • clam To die of hunger; starve.
    • clam Sticky; viscous; clammy (which see).
    • clam Moist; thawing, as ice.
    • clam Vile; mean; unworthy.
    • clam To smear; daub; clog with glutinous or viscous matter.
    • clam To stick; glue.
    • clam To be glutinous; be cold and moist; be clammy.
    • n clam Clamminess; the state or quality of having or conveying a cold moist feeling.
    • n clam A name given in different localities to different bivalve mollusks. Thus, in England, about the mouth of the river Helford, it is given to the piddock, Pholas dactylus; in New York and neighboring States, to Venus mercenaria, Mya arenaria being known as the soft clam, or long clam; in Massachusetts, to Mya arenaria, Venus mercenaria being designated as the hard clam or round clam; in many parts of the interior United States, to any species of Unionidæ or mussels; along the Pacific coast of the United States, to species of Tapes and Saxidomus; and, with qualifying prefixes, to various other species. The giant clam is Tridacna gigas; the thorny clam is Chama lazarus, etc.
    • n clam A ringing of all the bells of a chime simultaneously; a clamor; a clangor.
    • clam To sound all the bells in a chime simultaneously.
    • clam See extract.
    • n clam Same as clamp, n., 1.
    • n clam An obsolete variant of clamb, old preterit of climb.
    • clam To gather clams; as, to go clamming.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All clams start out as males; some decide to become females at some point in their lives.
    • n Clam klam a species of bivalve shellfish: an instrument for holding.
    • v.t Clam klam to clog: to smear; pr.p. clam′ming; pa.p. clammed
    • n Clam dampness
    • n Clam klam noise produced in ringing a chime of bells at once
    • v.t., v.i Clam to produce a clam
    • v.t Clam or v.i. to produce a clam
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Quotations

  • New England Proverb
    New England Proverb
    “There is only one thing harder than looking for a dewdrop in the dew, and that is fishing for a clam in the clam chowder.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. AS. clæman, to clam, smear; akin to Icel. kleima, to smear, OHG. kleimjan, chleimen, to defile, or E. clammy,

Usage

In literature:

Then her father clam-bered back into his place.
"Fifty Famous Stories Retold" by James Baldwin
If he went divin' for pearls in three feet o' water he'd bring up a clam shell.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
He cut the dirt up with his stone ax, and threw it out with a clam shell.
"The Cave Boy of the Age of Stone" by Margaret A. McIntyre
And I guess Mrs. Noah had been to many a clam bake, for she knew just how to roast them in a pile of seaweed and red hot stones.
"The Cruise of the Noah's Ark" by David Cory
But he clammed up about that, hoping to keep it a secret until he could go back and claim it.
"The Space Pioneers" by Carey Rockwell
The blue came from our clam.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
I asked him a civil question about a public matter, and he shut up like a clam.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
Zenas Henry is swinging that clam bucket as if there wasn't a thing in it.
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
So de Missus, she hab us young uns clam up dar and git 'em when dey first took roost.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
They shut me up like a clam.
"A Sweet Little Maid" by Amy E. Blanchard
Oysters, scallops and little-neck clams are frequently served in salads without cooking.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
In the shallow waters of the bay there was plenty of fish, clams, and lobsters.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Over this Jack fitted a monster clam shell, with the concave side uppermost.
"Under the Ocean to the South Pole" by Roy Rockwood
In the shallow waters of the bay there was plenty of fish, clams, and lobsters.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
The soft clam is long and thin, instead of being almost round, like a hard clam.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Christmas Tree Cove" by Laura Lee Hope
He had a basket of clams on his arm, and I asked him where he caught them.
"A Jolly Fellowship" by Frank R. Stockton
Rhode Island has been successful in cultivating soft-shell clams and in increasing the area of its clam beds.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
The long or soft clam does.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Dredge each layer of clams with flour.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
I shut my mind like a clam.
"Tinker's Dam" by Joseph Tinker
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In poetry:

"I fed, but spared them not a whit;
I gave to all who walked in,
Not clams and succotash alone,
But stronger meat of doctrine.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But hoamwards aw'll point mi owd clogs
To them three little lambs an' ther dam;
Aw wish they wor horses or dogs,
For it's nobbut poor fowk 'at's to clam.
"Aht o' wark" by John Hartley
Every sober clam below her,
Every sage and grave pearl-grower,
Shut his rusty valves the tighter;
Crow called to crow complaining,
And old tortoises sat craning
Their leathern necks to sight her.
"Voyage of the Jettie" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O it is I!
I come with my clam-rake and spade! I come with my eel-spear;
Is the tide out? I join the group of clam-diggers on the flats,
I laugh and work with them—I joke at my work, like a mettlesome
young man.
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman
Thus, often, we with anguish sore
The dead , in clam'rous grief deplore;
Who, were they once alive again
Would meet the sting of cold disdain!
For FRIENDS, whom trifling faults can sever,
Are valued most , WHEN LOST FOR EVER!
"Mistress Gurton's Cat" by Mary Darby Robinson
CES. It would seem that we have nothing more to consider upon this
proposition. Let us see now, how this quiver and bow of Eros display the
sparks around, and the knot of the string, which hangs down with the
legend, which is: Subito, clam.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno

In news:

Razor clam dig opens Tuesday at Twin Harbors.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests on all four beaches confirmed the clams are safe to eat.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled a razor-clam dig in mid-October - the first of the fall season - while continuing to accept public comments on future digs.
(OLYMPIA)– The first razor-clam dig of the season will get under way on evening tides Saturday at four ocean beaches.
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig after marine toxin tests on all four beaches confirmed the clams are safe to eat.
Razor clam ceviche with grapefruit.
Clam diggers have received the go-ahead to proceed with a razor-clam dig starting Saturday, April 25 at.
Clam diggers have received the go-ahead to proceed with a razor-clam dig starting Saturday, April 25 at four ocean beaches.
Also available are razor-clam only licenses in annual or three-day only versions.
Razor-clam season opens up on four ocean beaches this weekend.
UCD readies effort to repel Tahoe's clam invasion.
UC Davis research engineer Bill Sluis paints a red X Tuesday on rubber mats that will be used to suffocate invasive Asian clams on the bottom of Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay.
The menu begins with stuzzichini, an assortment of bruschette, olives and salami paired with Stella and Mosca LaCala, followed by baked stuffed clams with Terrizzi and Pothod Terre di Tufi.
After seeing tiny, expensive lobster rolls at clam shacks all summer, the Seahorse 's was definitely a nice change.
2 cups Sea Watch Chopped Sea Clams.
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In science:

The recurrence from Theorem 6.12 will be used to prove this clam by induction on the total number of vertices in A and B .
Faces of Generalized Permutohedra
The clam that they are, with high probability, disjoint, follows instead from the fact that this random subgraph is subcritical (since 2αR2 < 1) and hence decomposes in trees and unicyclic components.
The Set of Solutions of Random XORSAT Formulae
The universe begins with φ = φ0 and clams up to the local maximum of V (φ) at which φ reaches φ1 .
Some characteristics of three exact solutions of Einstein equations minimally coupled to a Quintessence field
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