razor clam
Razor Ra"zor (r[=a]"z[~e]r), n. [OE. rasour, OF. rasur, LL. rasor: cf. F. rasoir, LL. rasorium. See {Raze}, v. t., {Rase}, v. t.] 1. A keen-edged knife of peculiar shape, used in shaving the hair from the face or the head; also called a {straight razor}. ``Take thee a barber's razor.'' --Ezek. v. 1. [1913 Webster]

2. a device used for shaving, having a replaceable blade with a very sharp edge; also called {safety razor}. Also a similar device, made of plastic, in which the blade is neither replaceable nor can be sharpened, intended to be discarded after the blade dulls -- called a {disposable razor}. [PJC]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A tusk of a wild boar. [1913 Webster]

{Razor fish}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small Mediterranean fish ({Coryph[ae]na novacula}), prized for the table. (b) The razor shell.

{Razor grass} (Bot.), a West Indian plant ({Scleria scindens}), the triangular stem and the leaves of which are edged with minute sharp teeth.

{Razor grinder} (Zo["o]l.), the European goat-sucker.

{Razor shell} (Zo["o]l.), any marine bivalve shell belonging to {Solen} and allied genera, especially {Solen ensis} (or {Ensatella ensis}), and {Solen Americana}, which have a long, narrow, somewhat curved shell, resembling a razor handle in shape. Called also {razor clam}, {razor fish}, {knife handle}.

{Razor stone}. Same as {Novaculite}.

{Razor strap}, or {razor strop}, a strap or strop used in sharpening razors. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Razor clam — may refer to any of the following clams:* Ensis directus , Atlantic jackknife clam * Siliqua patula , Pacific razor clam * Siliqua alta , the northern or Arctic razor clam * Siliqua costata , Atlantic razor clamSee also Razor shell …   Wikipedia

  • razor clam — ☆ razor clam n. any of several rapidly burrowing clams (esp. family Solenidae) of sandy beaches, having elongated, narrow shells somewhat resembling a straight razor …   English World dictionary

  • Razor Clam — Razor Clam, s. Clams …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • razor clam — noun marine clam having a long narrow curved thin shell • Syn: ↑jackknife clam, ↑knife handle • Hypernyms: ↑clam • Member Holonyms: ↑Ensis, ↑genus Ensis * * * ˈrazor shell 7 …   Useful english dictionary

  • razor clam — any bivalve mollusk of the family Solenidae, esp. of the genus Ensis, having a long, rectangular, slightly curved shell. Also called jackknife clam. [1880 85, Amer.] * * * Any of several species of marine clams (family Solenidae) common in… …   Universalium

  • razor clam — ra′zor clam n. ivt any narrow, elongated bivalve mollusk of the family Solenidae, having a shell with razor sharp edges • Etymology: 1880–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • razor clam — noun A clam of several species with long curved shells resembling straight razors …   Wiktionary

  • razor clam — n. type of mollusc (also known as jackknife clam) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • razor clam — noun North American term for razor shell …   English new terms dictionary

  • razor clam — noun Date: circa 1882 any of a family (Solenidae) of marine lamellibranch mollusks having a long narrow thin shell …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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