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1clam

noun \ˈklam\

Definition of CLAM

:  clamp, clasp
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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
CLAMMED Defined for Kids

clam

noun \ˈklam\

Definition of CLAM for Kids

:  a shellfish that lives in sand or mud and has a soft body surrounded by a hinged shell with two parts and that is often eaten as food

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