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Definition of "clam" []

  • Any of various usually burrowing marine and freshwater bivalve mollusks of the class Pelecypoda, including members of the genera Venus and Mya, many of which are edible. (noun)
  • The soft edible body of such a mollusk. (noun)
  • Informal A close-mouthed person, especially one who can keep a secret. (noun)
  • Slang A dollar: set me back 75 clams. (noun)
  • To hunt for clams. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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