hard-shell clam

noun

: quahog

called also hard-shelled clam

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The hard-shell clam Arctica islandica can live more than 400 years (judging from annual shell rings) in nearly freezing water, where rates of metabolism are very low. George Church, Discover Magazine, 16 Oct. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard-shell clam was in 1784

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“Hard-shell clam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-shell%20clam. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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