Soft-shell clam
Soft-shell Soft"-shell`, Soft-shelled Soft"-shelled`, a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster]

{Soft-shell clam} (Zo["o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}.

{Soft-shelled crab}. (Zo["o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1.

{Soft-shelled turtle}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Soft tortoise}, under {Soft}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Soft-shell clam — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • soft-shell clam — soft′ shell clam′ n. ivt any usu. oval edible clam of the genus Mya, esp. M. arenaria, inhabiting waters along both coasts of North America Also called steamer 4) • Etymology: 1790–1800, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • soft-shell clam — ☆ soft shell clam n. any of a family (Myidae) of edible clams of the coasts of North America, having elongated siphons and a chalky, white shell …   English World dictionary

  • soft-shell clam — Long Long, a. [Compar. {Longer}; superl. {Longest}.] [AS. long, lang; akin to OS, OFries., D., & G. lang, Icel. langr, Sw. l[*a]ng, Dan. lang, Goth. laggs, L. longus. [root]125. Cf. {Length}, {Ling} a fish, {Linger}, {Lunge}, {Purloin}.] 1. Drawn …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soft-shell clam — noun 1. a clam that is usually steamed in the shell • Syn: ↑steamer, ↑steamer clam, ↑long neck clam • Derivationally related forms: ↑steam (for: ↑steamer) …   Useful english dictionary

  • soft-shell clam — noun Date: 1796 an elongated clam (Mya arenaria) of the east coast of North America that has a thin friable shell and long siphon and is eaten especially when steamed called also soft shelled clam, steamer …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • soft-shell clam — an edible clam, Mya arenaria, inhabiting waters along both coasts of North America, having an oval, relatively thin, whitish shell. Also called long clam, long neck clam, soft clam, steamer, steamer clam. [1790 1800, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • soft-shelled clam — noun see soft shell clam * * * softshell clam or soft shelled clam, = soft clam. (Cf. ↑soft clam) …   Useful english dictionary

  • soft-shelled clam — noun see soft shell clam …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Soft-shell — Soft shelled Soft shelled , a. Having a soft or fragile shell. [1913 Webster] {Soft shell clam} (Zo[ o]l.), the long clam. See {Mya}. {Soft shelled crab}. (Zo[ o]l.) See the Note under {Crab}, 1. {Soft shelled turtle}. (Zo[ o]l.) Same as {Soft t …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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