Meaning of “clam” in the English Dictionary

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"clam" in British English

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clamnoun [ C ]

uk /klæm/ us /klæm/

Examples from literature

  • He also eats some geoducks – one of the world’s biggest clams. 
  • This is one of the biggest species of clam. 
  • He cut the dirt up with his stone ax, and threw it out with a clam shell. 
  • In the same way herring-gulls lift sea-urchins and clams in their bills, and let them fall on the rocks so that the shells are broken. 
  • Mr. Graves's appetite was good, and the clam pie was good. 
  • Place the clams, after being opened, in a kettle with enough cold water to cover. 
  • Separate the hard from the soft parts of the clams. 

(Definition of “clam” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clam" in American English

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clamnoun [ C ]

us /klæm/

a type of sea creature with a hard shell in two parts, or its soft body that can be eaten raw or cooked

(Definition of “clam” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)