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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
clam
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
giant
▪ The exact location is being kept secret to avoid poaching, which almost drove the giant clam to extinction 20 years ago.
▪ I find three more specimens of the giant clam, and the following day, two.
▪ In particular, both corals and giant clams harbour unicellular algae which live within their body cells.
▪ There is no recorded example of a giant clam causing a human death.
▪ And champion of them all, whether on land or in the sea, is almost certainly the giant clam.
■ NOUN
chowder
▪ Shrug, and serve some more clam chowder.
▪ There was cheese soup and a brat, or clam chowder and baked stuffed lobster, or gumbo and chicken jambalaya.
▪ They make it look like a ship with waiters like pirates singing shanties into your clam chowder.
▪ The tuna tartare with chopped avocado, the clam chowder with smoked bacon and the giant Louisiana prawns were all a hit.
▪ The tastiest way to warm up is with a bowl of Boston's traditional clam chowder with oyster crackers.
▪ From the salad to the clam chowder to the pasta with grilled peppers and chicken, dinner was perfect.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ This shirt cost me fifty clams.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ In particular, both corals and giant clams harbour unicellular algae which live within their body cells.
▪ In your next life, I hope you are a sea clam.
▪ She wrapped herself around him like a clam in formation, her body one big muscle, straining.
▪ Stir the clams into the sauce and heat for a further 1-2min until piping hot. 4.
▪ Supposedly you can be arrested and fined for taking any mussels or clams at all.
▪ The clams were mostly oil-drenched bread crumbs with a morsel of chopped clam buried at the bottom of the shell.
▪ Thousands of fertilized sea urchin eggs, starfish and blue clams returned to Earth with the astronauts.
▪ Vinegar on a clam, that.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Both Noland and Hull showed the good taste to clam up while the Symington trial is still under way.
▪ But he clammed up right after that.
▪ He'd noted that Howard had clammed up as the new arrival appeared.
▪ No wonder he clammed up whenever I asked him about his childhood.
▪ Normally she would have clammed up at that juncture.
▪ We had gone over his script over and over and he knew it cold, but he almost clammed up.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Clam

Clam \Clam\ (kl[a^]m), n. [Cf. Clamp, Clam, v. t., Clammy.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) 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.
    --Capt. John Smith (1616).

    Clams, or clamps, is a shellfish not much unlike a cockle; it lieth under the sand.
    --Wood (1634).

  2. (Ship Carp.) Strong pinchers or forceps.

  3. pl. (Mech.) A kind of vise, usually of wood.

    Blood clam. See under Blood.

Clam

Clam \Clam\ (cl[a^]m), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clammed; p. pr. & vb. n. Clamming.] [Cf. AS. cl[ae]man to clam, smear; akin to Icel. kleima to smear, OHG. kleimjan, chleimen, to defile, or E. clammy.] 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.
--L'Estrange.

Clam

Clam \Clam\, v. i. To be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere. [R.]
--Dryden

Clam

Clam \Clam\, n. Claminess; moisture. [R.] ``The clam of death.''
--Carlyle.

Clam

Clam \Clam\, n. [Abbrev. fr. clamor.] A crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at once.
--Nares.

Clam

Clam \Clam\, v. t. & i. To produce, in bell ringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang.
--Nares.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
clam

bivalve mollusk, c.1500, in clam-shell, originally Scottish, apparently a particular use from Middle English clam "pincers, vice, clamp" (late 14c.), from Old English clamm "bond, fetter, grip, grasp," from Proto-Germanic *klam- "to press or squeeze together" (cognates: Old High German klamma "cramp, fetter, constriction," German Klamm "a constriction"). If this is right then the original reference is to the shell. Clam-chowder attested from 1822. To be happy as a clam is from 1833, but the earliest uses do not elaborate on the notion behind it, unless it be self-containment.

clam

"to dig for clams," 1630s, American English, from clam (n.). Clam up "be quiet" is 1916, American English, but clam was used in this sense as an interjection mid-14c.

Wiktionary
clam

Etymology 1 n. A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those that are edible; as, the long clam ((taxlink Mya arenaria species noshow=1)), the quahog or round clam (''Venus mercenaria''), the sea clam or hen clam ((taxlink Spisula solidissima species noshow=1)), and other species of the United States. The name is said to have been given originally to the (taxlink Tridacna gigas species noshow=1), a huge East Indian bivalve. vb. To dig for clams. Etymology 2

n. A crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at once. vb. To produce, in bellringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang. Etymology 3

n. clamminess; moisture vb. 1 To be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere. 2 To clog, as with glutinous or viscous matter.

WordNet
clam
  1. v. gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean

  2. [also: clamming, clammed]

clam
  1. n. burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud

  2. a piece of paper money worth one dollar [syn: dollar, dollar bill, one dollar bill, buck]

  3. flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams

  4. [also: clamming, clammed]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Clam

"Clam" is an informal term used to refer to any molluscans within Class Bivalvia.

Remains first appeared in Cambrian age rocks 510 million years ago. They presently live in both freshwater and marine habitats, and range in adult size from nearly microscopic to the giant clam, which can weigh . Some have life cycles of only one year, while at least one has been discovered that may be over 500 years old. They lack heads but most can react to changes in light and some, such as the scallops, have rudimentary eyes. Though a common food item, many are too small to be useful as food, and not all species are considered palatable. All clams have two calcareous shells or valves joined near a hinge structure with a flexible ligament, and all are filter feeders.

Clam (disambiguation)

Clams are saltwater or freshwater mollusks that have two hinged shells.

Clam may also refer to:

  • Clam AntiVirus, a free antivirus program
  • Clam, Charente-Maritime, a commune in the Charente-Maritime département, in France
  • Clam (Camp Kidney), a fictional character in the animated television series Camp Lazlo
  • CLAM (C++ Library for Audio and Music), a software framework for audio data processing
  • CLaMS (Chemical Lagrangian Model of the Stratosphere), a modular chemistry transport model system
  • "Clams", an episode of the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants (season 3)
See also
  • KLAM
CLAM (C++ Library for Audio and Music)

CLAM (C++ Library for Audio and Music) is an open-source framework for research and application development in the audio and music domain. It is based on the concept of data-processing modules linked into a network. Modules can perform complex audio signal analysis, transformations and synthesis. CLAM also provides a uniform interface to common tasks within audio applications, such as accessing audio devices and audio files. CLAM serves as a library for C++ application development, but a graphical interface also allows full applications to be built without coding. It won the 2006 ACM Multimedia Open Source Competition.

Usage examples of "clam".

Yes, that was true, but Sorcor had still been opposed, for there was little more to Askew than sand and rocks and clams.

We had sea turtle, caguama, cooked in its shell with an odd spicy sauce, and bacha, the giant clam with the sweet, firm meat, broiled just enough.

Pavilion Key and arrange for a clammer to take them home, up Chatham River.

They used a little shovel, though a regular clammer uses a short-handled hoe, digging the wet earth away much as a farmer digs away the earth from a hill of potatoes.

In and out they went, over the course, now and then pausing to speak some clammer, but getting no information, save in one or two instances.

The trident was returned to the customer who either ate his prize raw on the spot or took his clam shell to one of the cookery booths.

They collected what shells they could find but only the coquina clams were plentiful on the beach.

Miss Violette Shumberger names twelve dozen cherry-stone clams as the second course, and Joel Duffle says two gallons of Philadelphia pepper-pot soup as the third.

Joel Duffle is one of these rough-and-tumble eaters that you can hear quite a distance off, especially on clams and soups.

Marcella and Victor called out the names of every fish in sight, about fifty in all: iridescent sardines and anchovies flashing silver and turquoise, flying fish with pointed beaks and snails creeping nowhere in their glossy spotted shells, tiny gray shrimp jumping like crickets and huge blue shrimp too stately to move, clams with shells bearing Navajo designs and scallops as small as aspirins, delicate flatfish for grilling or frying and bony striped fish for soup or risotto, diamond-shaped turbot and broad fans of skate, ink-stained cuttlefish, octopus, squid.

Xanadu Station is to study the rudist clams that make up the reefs surrounding us.

Marcella cooked the little clams for the spaghettini and the vegetables for the monk-fish, a savory recipe from her third book.

Italian place on Third near La Brea, an old-fashioned chianti-bottles-dangling-from-the ceiling taverna, ordered veal marsala and spaghetti with clams and slices of spumoni for dessert.

Erik suspected Manfred could crunch clams without even bothering to open them.

I had ever eaten, so I chose them for an appetizer, while Johnny got both Ls the baked clams and the seafood salad for himself.