Definition of soft-shell clam in English:

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soft-shell clam

(also softshell clam)

noun

A marine bivalve mollusk with a thin shell and a long siphon, valued as food on the east coast of North America. Also called soft clam, steamer.
  • Genus Mya, family Myidae, especially M. arenaria.
Example sentences
  • They are then ready for a clambake, to become steamed softshell clams, or for use in certain clam chowders and clam pies.
  • On the east coast of North America the softshell clam ranges from the Labrador region to Cape Hatteras.
  • Likewise, the fragile shell of eastern softshell clams makes them poor candidates for surviving.

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Syllabification: soft-shell clam

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