Tridacna gigas
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]


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  • Tridacna gigas — Tridacna Tri*dac na, n. [L., pl., a kind of oysters, fr. Gr. ? eaten at three bites, ? tri + ? to bite.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of very large marine bivalve shells found on the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. One species ({Tridacna… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tridacna gigas — Tridacne géant Tridacne géant, bénitier géant …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tridacna gigas —   Tridacna gigas (Almeja gigante) …   Wikipedia Español

  • Tridacna gigas — noun a large clam inhabiting reefs in the southern Pacific and weighing up to 500 pounds • Syn: ↑giant clam • Hypernyms: ↑clam • Member Holonyms: ↑Tridacna, ↑genus Tridacna …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tridacna — Tridacna …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tridacna — Tri*dac na, n. [L., pl., a kind of oysters, fr. Gr. ? eaten at three bites, ? tri + ? to bite.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of very large marine bivalve shells found on the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. One species ({Tridacna gigas}) often …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tridacna — Tridacna …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tridacna — ? Тридакна Тридакна Научная классификация Царство: Животные Подцарство: Эуме …   Википедия

  • Tridacna — Taxobox name = Tridacna image width = 250px image caption = Giant Clam regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Bivalvia ordo = Veneroida familia = Tridacnidae genus = Tridacna genus authority = Bruguière, 1797 subdivision ranks = Species… …   Wikipedia

  • tridacna — tri·dàc·na s.f. TS zool. mollusco bivalve del genere Tridacna, diffuso nell Oceano Indiano e nel Pacifico | con iniz. maiusc., genere della famiglia dei Tridacnidi, cui appartiene la Tridacna gigas, che può raggiungere il peso di 250 kg {{line}}… …   Dizionario italiano

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