- Subclass Heterodonta: several families and numerous species, including the edible North American hardshell clam (see quahog) and softshell clam. See also giant clam.
- Their tricuspid teeth (three sharp points per tooth) are especially adapted to feed on organisms with hard shells such as clams, snails, crabs and shrimp.
- One tunnel was five and a half inches long, made by a clam whose shell measured less than two-tenths of an inch - a new record, relative to body size.
- The Castle Eden is an extremely scenic old steamship, lying in 33m on a clean bottom of mussel shells, clams and coarse gravel.
- But the Pittsburgh Pens weren't about to shell out 1,000 clams for nothing.
- While that alone is reason enough to get me and most of my favorite people to shell out eight clams, I understand we're in the minority.
- But are you willing to shell out the extra clams?
verb (clams, clamming, clammed)[no object]
- On Sunday when he went clamming with Dan, he was debating with himself about the future, knowing that he wanted to keep going as a firefighter a bit longer, while his family wanted him to retire.
- I was born and raised in this state, clammed in its waters, went to school here, married a native New Yorker.
- Before clamming, check regulations for your destination on the California Department of Fish and Game website, www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/index.html (laws vary according to clam species and location).
- When he's around people he doesn't know he clams up completely and just stops talking.
- This was a problem, because around my crushes I clammed up and became quieter and clumsier than ever.
- The plastic surgeon clams up if questioned about his patients.
Early 16th century: apparently from earlier clam 'a clamp', from Old English clam, clamm 'a bond or bondage', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch klemme, German Klemme, also to clamp1.
It is not easy to prise apart a clam, and this tight grip lies behind the origin of the word. Clam originally meant ‘a clamp’, and probably had the same source as clamp (Middle English). There is also an English dialect word clam, meaning ‘to be sticky or to stick to something’, which is related to clay (Old English). It is also where clammy—originally spelled claymy—comes from. See also happy
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