giant clam

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n giant clam a large clam inhabiting reefs in the southern Pacific and weighing up to 500 pounds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Giant clam (Zoöl) a bivalve shell of the genus Tridacna, esp. T. gigas, which sometimes weighs 500 pounds. The shells are sometimes used in churches to contain holy water.
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Usage

In literature:

It lets nothing lie; not even the giant clams which cling to its bottom.
"Cape Cod" by Henry D. Thoreau
The giant or hen clam-shell, found in every buttery within fifty miles of the coast, was the Indian's garden hoe.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
The Chowder House at Clam Beach is not a giant among the hotels which line the Atlantic coast.
"True to a Type, Vol. I (of 2)" by Robert Cleland
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In news:

Psychotronix Batman eaten by a giant clam 9:26 AM.
The giant clam is the world's largest bivalve.
This smaller species of giant clam have exquisite iridescent blue and green mottling on the mantle.
A child displays the world's largest "giant clam" on Saturday to promote an exhibition at the Tsai-liao Fossil Museum in Greater Tainan.
Gordon the Giant Clam with ESP (that's extra-special powers, not extrasensory perception) might as well be San Diego's mascot.
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