surf clam
noun Date: 1884 any of various typically rather large surf-dwelling edible clams (family Mactridae); especially a common clam (Spisula solidissima) of the Atlantic coast chiefly from Nova Scotia to South Carolina

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  • Surf clam — 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

  • surf clam — surf′ clam n. ivt any of several large clams of the family Mactridae, inhabiting the zone of breaking surf • Etymology: 1880–90, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • surf clam — ☆ surf clam n. any of various large clams (genera Mactra and Spisula) living in habitats influenced by the surf …   English World dictionary

  • surf clam — noun : any of various typically rather large surf dwelling edible clams constituting the family Mactridae called also hen clam, sea clam; see spisula * * * any of several typically large common clams of the family Mactridae, inhabiting the zone… …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • surf clam — 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

  • surf clam — n. large edible clam …   English contemporary dictionary

  • surf clam — any of several typically large common clams of the family Mactridae, inhabiting the zone of breaking surf in coastal waters. [1880 90; Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • surf clam — /ˈsɜf klæm/ (say serf klam) noun → pipi …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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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