plural noun

: a widely distributed family of marine clams (suborder Tellinacea) that have closely fitting or slightly gapping shells with two cardinal teeth in each valve and fused ensheathed siphons of equal length and that comprise the surf clams compare lutraria , mactra, spisula

Word History


New Latin, from Mactra, type genus + -idae

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“Mactridae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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