Giant clam
Giant Gi"ant, a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. [1913 Webster]

{Giant cell}. (Anat.) See {Myeloplax}.

{Giant clam} (Zo["o]l.), a bivalve shell of the genus {Tridacna}, esp. {T. gigas}, which sometimes weighs 500 pounds. The shells are sometimes used in churches to contain holy water.

{Giant heron} (Zo["o]l.), a very large African heron ({Ardeomega goliath}). It is the largest heron known.

{Giant kettle}, a pothole of very large dimensions, as found in Norway in connection with glaciers. See {Pothole}.

{Giant powder}. See {Nitroglycerin}.

{Giant puffball} (Bot.), a fungus ({Lycoperdon giganteum}), edible when young, and when dried used for stanching wounds.

{Giant salamander} (Zo["o]l.), a very large aquatic salamander ({Megalobatrachus maximus}), found in Japan. It is the largest of living Amphibia, becoming a yard long.

{Giant squid} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of very large squids, belonging to {Architeuthis} and allied genera. Some are over forty feet long. [1913 Webster]


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  • Giant clam — In Japanese cuisine, Geoduck (mirugai) is sometimes referred to as giant clam . Taxobox name = Giant clam status = VU status system = iucn2.3 image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Bivalvia ordo = Veneroida familia =… …   Wikipedia

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

  • giant clam — noun Date: circa 1889 a very large clam (Tridacna gigas) found on the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific oceans that sometimes weighs more than 500 pounds (227 kilograms) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • giant clam — any of several huge clams of the family Tridacnidae, inhabiting the shallow waters of coral reefs in the tropical Indo Pacific, as Tridacna gigas: some may weigh more than 500 lb. (225 kg). [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • Southern giant clam — Taxobox name = Southern giant clam image width = 240px status = VU | status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Animalia phylum = Mollusca classis = Bivalvia ordo = Veneroida familia = Tridacnidae genus = Tridacna species = T. derasa binomial = Tridacna… …   Wikipedia

  • Giant — Gi ant, a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. [1913 Webster] {Giant cell}. (Anat.) See {Myeloplax}. {Giant clam} (Zo[ o]l.), a bivalve shell of the genus {Tridacna}, esp. {T. gigas}, which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Giant cell — Giant Gi ant, a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. [1913 Webster] {Giant cell}. (Anat.) See {Myeloplax}. {Giant clam} (Zo[ o]l.), a bivalve shell of the genus {Tridacna}, esp. {T. gigas},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Giant heron — Giant Gi ant, a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. [1913 Webster] {Giant cell}. (Anat.) See {Myeloplax}. {Giant clam} (Zo[ o]l.), a bivalve shell of the genus {Tridacna}, esp. {T. gigas},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Giant kettle — Giant Gi ant, a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. [1913 Webster] {Giant cell}. (Anat.) See {Myeloplax}. {Giant clam} (Zo[ o]l.), a bivalve shell of the genus {Tridacna}, esp. {T. gigas},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Giant powder — Giant Gi ant, a. Like a giant; extraordinary in size, strength, or power; as, giant brothers; a giant son. [1913 Webster] {Giant cell}. (Anat.) See {Myeloplax}. {Giant clam} (Zo[ o]l.), a bivalve shell of the genus {Tridacna}, esp. {T. gigas},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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