giant clam

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Definition of giant clam 

: a very large clam (Tridacna gigas) found on the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific oceans that sometimes weighs more than 500 pounds (227 kilograms)

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Soon, the team had nine burrowing giant clams resting comfortably on flat, color-changing pH-sensitive foil in lab tanks. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "This Burrowing Clam Is Not Boring. It Uses Acid to Make Its Home.," 14 June 2018 And, yes, there are giant clams — which are not accompanied, visitors who attended college dance parties in the 1980s might be disappointed to learn, by rock lobsters. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "'Underwater Beauty' at the Shedd is like a fantasy snorkeling trip on dry land — and no upcharge," 21 May 2018 The giant clams, which can reach more than 10 inches, are harvested by hand from a single 10 mile stretch of beach on the west side of Cook Inlet at the southwest corner of Polly Creek. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how Alaska fishery managers expect this salmon season to play out," 15 May 2018 In China, the shells of giant clams are carved into art and jewelry, and their meat is snapped up as a gourmet treat and aphrodisiac, Christina Larson reported for Science in January. John Mcmanus, National Geographic, "Giant Clam Poaching Wipes Out Reefs in South China Sea," 12 July 2016

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circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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