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clam

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noun \ˈklam\

Definition of clam

  1. :  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

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Rhymes with clam


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clam

noun

Definition of clam

  1. 1 a :  any of numerous edible marine bivalve mollusks living in sand or mud b :  a freshwater mussel

  2. 2 :  a stolid or closemouthed person

  3. 3 :  clamshell

  4. 4 :  dollar 3



Illustration of clam

Origin of clam

1clam; from the clamping action of the shells


First Known Use: circa 1520

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms


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clam

verb

Definition of clam

clammedclam·ming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to gather clams especially by digging

clam·mer play \ˈkla-mər\ noun


1636

First Known Use of clam

1636

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