Spisula solidissima
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. [1913 Webster]

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). [1913 Webster]

Clams, or clamps, is a shellfish not much unlike a cockle; it lieth under the sand. --Wood (1634). [1913 Webster]

2. (Ship Carp.) Strong pinchers or forceps. [1913 Webster]

3. pl. (Mech.) A kind of vise, usually of wood. [1913 Webster]

{Blood clam}. See under {Blood}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Spisula solidissima — Sea clam Sea clam (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of the large bivalve mollusks found on the open seacoast, especially those of the family {Mactrid[ae]}, as the common American species. ({Mactra solidissima} or {Spisula solidissima}); called also {beach clam} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spisula solidissima — Surf Surf, n. [Formerly spelled suffe, and probably the same word as E. sough.] The swell of the sea which breaks upon the shore, esp. upon a sloping beach. [1913 Webster] {Surf bird} (Zo[ o]l.), a ploverlike bird of the genus {Aphriza}, allied… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spisula — Spisula …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Spisula — solida …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Spisula — Taxobox name = Spisula image caption = Triangle shell Spisula aequilateralis regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Bivalvia ordo = Veneroida familia = Mactridae genus = Spisula genus authority = Gray, 1837 subdivision ranks = Species… …   Wikipedia

  • spisula — ˈspisələ, izə noun Usage: capitalized Etymology: New Latin, perhaps irregular from J.B. von Spix died 1826 German zoologist : a genus of surf clams that includes a large yellowish white thick shelled clam (S. solidissima) that is the common… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mactra solidissima — Sea clam Sea clam (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of the large bivalve mollusks found on the open seacoast, especially those of the family {Mactrid[ae]}, as the common American species. ({Mactra solidissima} or {Spisula solidissima}); called also {beach clam} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mactra solidissima — Surf Surf, n. [Formerly spelled suffe, and probably the same word as E. sough.] The swell of the sea which breaks upon the shore, esp. upon a sloping beach. [1913 Webster] {Surf bird} (Zo[ o]l.), a ploverlike bird of the genus {Aphriza}, allied… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clam — For other uses, see Clam (disambiguation). Clam Edible clams in the family Veneridae Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • Atlantic surf clam — Taxobox name = Atlantic surf clam regnum = Animalia subregnum = Metazoa branch = Bilateria phylum = Mollusca classis = Bivalvia subclassis = Heterodonta ordo = Mactroidea familia = Mactridae genus = Spisula species = S. solidissima binomial =… …   Wikipedia

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