Venus mercenaria
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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  • Venus mercenaria — Quahog Qua hog, Quahaug Qua haug, n. [Abbrev. fr. Narragansett Indian poqua[^u]hock.] (Zo[ o]l.) An American market clam ({Venus mercenaria}). It is sold in large quantities, and is highly valued as food. Called also {round clam}, and {hard clam} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Venus mercenaria — noun an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians • Syn: ↑quahog, ↑quahaug, ↑hard shell clam, ↑hard clam, ↑round clam, ↑Mercenaria mercenaria • Hypernyms: ↑clam …   Useful english dictionary

  • Venus mercenaria — noun a) An edible clam with a hard shell found along the Atlantic Coast of North America. b) Large clams used in chowders and other clam dishes. Syn: Quahog, Quahaug …   Wiktionary

  • Venus (genre) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Vénus. Venus …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mercenaria mercenaria — noun an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians • Syn: ↑quahog, ↑quahaug, ↑hard shell clam, ↑hard clam, ↑round clam, ↑Venus mercenaria • Hypernyms: ↑clam …   Useful english dictionary

  • Venus Mortoni — Quahog Qua hog, Quahaug Qua haug, n. [Abbrev. fr. Narragansett Indian poqua[^u]hock.] (Zo[ o]l.) An American market clam ({Venus mercenaria}). It is sold in large quantities, and is highly valued as food. Called also {round clam}, and {hard clam} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mercenaria — This article is about genus of clams. For other uses, see Mercenaria (disambiguation). Mercenaria Hard clams Mercenaria mercenaria Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • Mercenaria mercenaria — Venusmuscheln Eine Venusmuschel der Art Callista brevisiphonata aus den japanischen Gewässern Systematik Klasse …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Venus (genus) — Taxobox name = Venus clam image caption = Venus affinis regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Bivalvia subclassis = Pteriomorphia ordo = Veneroida familia = Veneridae genus = Venus genus authority = Linnaeus, 1758 subdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • genus Venus — noun type genus of the family Veneridae: genus of edible clams with thick oval shells • Syn: ↑Venus • Hypernyms: ↑mollusk genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Veneridae, ↑family Veneridae • Member Meronyms …   Useful english dictionary

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