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— called also hard-shelled clam
1784, in the meaning defined above
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“Hard-shell clam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-shell%20clam. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.
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