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1clam

noun \ˈklam\

Definition of CLAM

:  clamp, clasp

Origin of CLAM

Middle English, from Old English clamm bond, fetter; akin to Old High German klamma constriction and perhaps to Latin glomus ball
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

2clam

noun, often attributive

Definition of CLAM

1
a :  any of numerous edible marine bivalve mollusks living in sand or mud
b :  a freshwater mussel
2
:  a stolid or closemouthed person
3
:  clamshell
4
:  dollar 3

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Origin of CLAM

1clam; from the clamping action of the shells
First Known Use: circa 1520

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms

anemone, cephalopod, quahog

3clam

verb
clammedclam·ming

Definition of CLAM

intransitive verb
:  to gather clams especially by digging
clam·mer \ˈkla-mər\ noun

First Known Use of CLAM

1636

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

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